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Why Aren’t (Weren’t) There Major Protests Against The War In Iraq

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 19, 2008

** This post originated after a conversation with a professor from a major university. **

The Vietnam War.  The War In Iraq.  Similar military actions?  Many say so.vietnam war protest war in iraq

During the 1960s and 1970s there were protests regularly all over the country. Students regularly, fanatically, and emotionally protested on college campuses.  People of all ages participated in demonstrations.

Mothers. Fathers. Sisters. Brothers, Aunts. Uncles. Cousins. You name the relation, they were involved.

Everyone took action and let it known they were against The Vietnam War. They took action because they were stakeholders. People take action when they personally have something at stake.

And why did people have something at stake during the Vietnam era, but not during the War In Iraq era?

The Draft.

Our current military is 100% volunteer. Anyone who is in the military (or reserves) enlisted. They theoretically knew that they had a good chance of seeing combat. Their wives, girlfriends, parents, and children were aware their jobs were to protect the United States’ interests. What few Iraq-related protests that got media coverage consisted of, for the most part, loved ones of our military personnel.

The government was able to initiate military action in Iraq with little protest from the American public.

Can you imagine if we had a draft and the government decided to attack Iraq?

Every person 18 – 25 years old, every college student, every parent, uncle, aunt… of a person who was eligible for the draft, would be “up in arms” protesting. Universities would be turned upside down.

Whether you like it or not, the draft keeps our government honest when it comes to military actions. They know they cannot “go to war” without a strong reason. The country would step up, and go berserk because more of us would be stakeholders.

Think about it.


2 Responses to “Why Aren’t (Weren’t) There Major Protests Against The War In Iraq”

  1. Orlick said

    thats interesting.
    yeah i was thinking that if there was a draft, how would they make people fight?
    smart. get back to work.

  2. Diana said

    A point well made. The draft definitely gives citizens greater “control” of government’s reaction to acts of aggression, whether or not justified. I have 2 grown sons and you can bet your a– I would protest if they were of draft age.

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