Tuesday, April 05, 2005
pnac requests conscription
adding more (potentially many more) than 100,000 active duty soldiers to a force that already cannot be replenished. does anyone seriously imagine that this can be done through volunteerism alone? certainly not, i think. this letter is de facto a request -- signed by several very influential neoconservative political figures -- to reinstitute the draft in order to better manifest their imperial delusions of global democratic revolution.
the chronicle quotes a few politicians who laugh off the idea as a political impossibility. i cannot be so sure. the public dialogue in this country is easily changed, vulnerable as all democracies are to the engines of propaganda, and has been deteriorating into round-the-clock interventionist militarism for years. the philosophy that explicitly endorses such manipulation of the masses has already found a home in the white house. i don't think one can count on massive popular opposition to halt the advance of militarism when it has already made such great strides in america with popular endorsement.