A nation at war

Instituting a draft is the just and honorable next step

December 6, 2009

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AS THE director of a pre-collegiate program for veterans at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, I see a lot of men and women come through who are looking to improve their lives by getting themselves ready to attend college. Many of these fine people are active reservists and guard members who have already served one or more tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. I find it remarkable that our country is willing to continue sending the same people back over and over again to fight these wars, while here at home we are free to angst over issues such as the faltering New England Patriots defense or who Tiger Woods has been sleeping with.

If the president is convinced that 30,000 more troops are needed in Afghanistan over the next two years, then the just and honorable way to proceed is to involve the entire nation with the institution of a military draft at a level that will guarantee that no service member serves more than one tour of duty in a combat zone unless he or she volunteers to do so. Anything less is political expediency at best, and political cowardice at worst.

Barry Brodsky, Director Veterans Upward Bound, UMass-Boston

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