Draft evasion

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Draft evasion and draft resistance, a not-infrequent and all-to-familiar event belonging to another era, that of the Vietnam War, may well soon be making a comeback. The very definite possibility of a prolonged occupation by U.S. troops in Post-war Iraq, and the demands being placed upon reservists and National Guard personnel to carry out the war effort, have also lead to the subsequent possibility of activation of the Selective Service System, i.e. conscription, otherwise known as the draft, to meet that demand.

A prime indicator recently came from Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives on November 21, 2003, who stated that "plans are being made to drastically expand the human cost by forcing conscription on the young men (and maybe women) who have no ax to grind with the Iraqi people and want no part of this fight" and that "the draft will likely be reinstated."[1]

The Congressman further notes that "Without conscription, unpopular wars are much more difficult to fight. Once the draft was undermined in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Vietnam War came to an end. But most importantly, liberty cannot be preserved by tyranny." [ibid]


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(Primer on Draft Resistance)] by David Wiggins