Limiting Rushing into Wars
I have been pondering a couple ideas nations should implement that would give them pause before they rush into war. Both require support in law. 1. The children and grandchildren of all legislators that approve a war action must be immediately drafted into the military if they are elligible under the usual limitation of age and health. 2. No corporation should be allowed to make a profit for any involvement they have in supporting or supplying the military action.
It is true that that old men and women make the decisions to go to war. They expect the young, and often the poor, to risk the dying. Legislators would show more restraint if their precious children and grandchildren will be required to share the risks of war. What is true now is that none if the members of Congress and the Senate in the US has an immediate family member serving in the military. This is probably true in most nations. One has to respect the British Royal Family for their tradion of serving in the military. It is ironic that at the time of the invasion of Iraq a Canadian member of parliament had a son serving in the US army in Iraq even though Canada deliberately said, "No thanks to the invitation to be part of the coalition of the willing!" Right now there is an effort to embarrass the Bush administration with a call for a petition to have the Bush twins enlist in the military. What a wonderful spportive gesture it would have been if at the beginning of the war they had enlisted as an example for others. It is stiking that none of the Bush extended family, including cousins, has stepped up in support of the "noble" cause. http://www.buzzflash.com/editorial/05/08/edi05061.html.
I suspect what is true for the Bush family is true for all the legislators and bureaucrats that think war is so necessary. Personally it galls me. If the members of these wealthy tribes support the war they should step up and serve. If they oppose the war, they need to find ways to speak out and influence their family elders to do the right and just.
Equally as disturbing is that there are corporations that make enormous profits when war is waged. For the life of me I do not understand why this is OK. If the middle class and poor%