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Thanks to the
Child Left Behind Act, passed by some of the very Republicans
who are now calling for its repeal, "each local educational
agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide, on a request
made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education,
access to secondary school students names, addresses, and telephone
at some high schools donít need to be conned by military recruiters
into enlisting in the military Ė their parents will do it for them.
County, Virginia, some
parents say that spring graduation ceremonies should recognize
students who have chosen to enlist in the military instead of go
to college. They are pressing the county school board "to acknowledge
that volunteering for the armed forces is a commitment worthy of
a public display of respect, with red, white, and blue Ďhonor cordsí
that graduates would wear around their necks as they receive diplomas."
are generally reserved for members of academic honor societies.
If schools are going to give out honor cords to students for non-academic
reasons, then they ought to be giving them out to recognize those
students who have decided to pursue taxi driving, plumbing, and
other practical occupations instead of joining the military.
however, donít wait until high school to influence their children
to join the military.
One of the
benefits I enjoy as a writer for LewRockwell.com is the information
I receive from perceptive readers, and especially veterans. Some
of these veterans are so radically anti-war and anti-military that
they make me look like a lightweight. A veteran and friend in Pennsylvania
who is always on the lookout for military propaganda was browsing
in the gift section of a Cracker Barrel restaurant and came across
a T-shirt that he thought I would be interested in. He has since
gone back and purchased it and mailed it to me. Here is a picture
There is a
sticker on the shirt that says "official licensed product of
the U.S. Army." If the shirt looks small itís because it is
designed for a toddler. But you donít need to go to Cracker Barrel
to get one. You can purchase the shirt online at armedforcesgear.com
in size 3T or 4T. "How cute will they look in their Army Future
Soldier T-Shirt," says the ad copy.
But if the
Army told the truth (the Army didnít tell the truth to the family
Tillman), it would change the wording on the T-shirt from Future
Soldier to Future Killer.
Itís not just
that toddlers who wear these shirts might end up accused of murdering
Afghan civilians like Army sergeant Robert
Bales, itís that they have a good chance of being sent to kill
in some foreign war in the first place. None of the killings in
Iraq and Afghanistan were justified since U.S. troops had no business
traveling thousands of miles away to invade, bomb, and occupy countries
that were not a threat to the United States. These wars were criminal
from the very beginning.
and I have said again
and again, U.S. troops arenít defending our freedoms, guaranteeing
our First Amendment rights, keeping us safe from our enemies, protecting
us from terrorists, avenging 9/11, safeguarding the American way
of life, fighting "over there" so we donít have to fight
"over here," defending this great nation, or any of the
other phony-baloney slogans used as excuses for fighting unjust
and immoral wars.
But as bad
as it is to be a Future Killer is, itís not just a Future Killer
that these kids might become. There is a good change that they might
also become a:
- Future suicide
- Future victim
of sexual assault
- Future substance
- Future basket
- Future traumatic
brain injury case
- Future disabled
- Future paraplegic
- Future quadriplegic
- Future death
- Future cannon
your children a favor: encourage them to be all they can be without
being in the Army.
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, The
Revolution that Wasn't, and Rethinking
the Good War. His latest book is The
Quatercentenary of the King James Bible. Visit his
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