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This is a very well written and thought-provoking piece..

“It is only those who have never fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and
groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation.”

One of the cruelest features of any war is the enormous price paid by the
young. Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, a Medal of Honor recipient who fought in
Vietnam, writes that when he returned from the war he wrote to the Selective
Service System arguing that the age of the draft be increased from 18 to 30,
because, he said, “young men had too little political or social power for their
objections to matter.” But he found himself corrected by a veteran soldier who
told him that anyone over 30 was of little use for military training because
at that age they begin to think, form opinions, and ask questions. But, he
added, “Give me a group of men between the ages of 18 and 26, and give me the
power to control how much they can eat and sleep, and I can get them to do
anything I want.” Such is the cruel trick played on the young--“old men dreaming up
wars in which young men do the dying,” as George McGovern put it

Foolish Leaders and Bloody Wars :: Intervention Magazine :: War, Politics,

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