I was eighteen in 1972. Along with other fellow eighteen year olds at the time we were at the mercy of the Draft.
Being a conscientious objector it could have been a difficult time for myself and other objectors,either, being forced to go to war or going to jail would,nt have been a fair decision to make for an eighteen year old pacifists mind.
If not for the change of government in this country from the war mongering conservative government of the Liberal party to the more open minded and realistic stance of Gough Whitlams Labour party,my beliefs were never tested.
I’ve never liked the concept of Soldier, for they kill people. The modern day sodier more than ever is a hired professional killer.
Forty years ago many of us knew that the Government, either through conscription as in the Vietnam war, or what it devised after that war, a modernised professional army, sends its military men and women off to other countries to kill people because the ruling classes decide they want a war. These wars have nothing to do with you or me.
They have nothing to do with our defense or spreading democracy or overcoming evil rogue leaders. Wars are done in the interests of the ruling classes who propagandize a sentimental message of “patriotism”
And even patriotism isn’t enough. The soldier or the taxpayer must be given a “moral stake” in a war, a “moral responsibility” to put down “evil.”
I hope finally since the horror in Iraq(the war that was,nt about oil) that people will figure out that it,s the system that,s sending troops to foreign countries to kill, mame, rape and torture men women and children of other cultures.
What is the” system”?Is this not merely a euphemism for the Government.
And what propels the agrandisement of the Government? The Military. And what propels the Military?
Among other things our personal attachment to soldiers.
I have no sympathy whatsoever for hired killers.Let,s call a spade a spade.
Let,s not sentimentalise what a soldier does.
Patriotism is for fools.
I thank Gough Whitlam personally for having the foresight and descency in stopping the”system”from turning me into a prisoner a killer or a corpse in the so called “fight for freedom”against the men women and children of Vietnam.