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Mark Sashine writes: The idealistic dreams of some liberals about a 'Mandatory Peace Corps' are naïve and very American

Mark Sashine writes: The idealistic dreams of some liberals about a 'Mandatory Peace Corps' are naïve and very American

"Americans, unlike other nations keep an illusion that the world needs their benevolence, their idealism and them as people. That is not true; in fact it is very arrogant. Americans are the same as everyone else and as such the world puts on them the same obligation it puts on all: take care of your own house first and politely ask if anyone else wants your help. There is also no such thing as organized goodness, there is only an organized force."

Mark Sashine writes: The idealistic dreams of some liberals about a 'Mandatory Peace Corps' are naïve and very American

An Ex-Pat Officer's Notes on the Draft

by Mark Sashine

'A state exists not to build Paradise
It exists to prevent Hell'
-- V. Solovyov

[Excerpt]

As I have stated above the draft is instituted for only one purpose- to protect the country from an imminent danger. It is thus a tool chosen to address a specific problem. Not the problem of justice, not the problem of equal responsibility and not the problem of fairness in the duty. In short, it is not a tool of the people's policy; it is a tool of the national defense.

It has been proven through all the draft institutions from Spartans to Chinese that only for the national defense you can institute it. Thus the idealistic dreams of some liberals about a ' Mandatory Peace Corps' are naïve and very American if I may say. Americans, unlike other nations keep an illusion that the world needs their benevolence, their idealism and them as people. That is not true; in fact it is very arrogant.

Americans are the same as everyone else and as such the world puts on them the same obligation it puts on all: take care of your own house first and politely ask if anyone else wants your help. There is also no such thing as organized goodness, there is only an organized force. Thus we make a full circle and return to the truth: mandatory service is only viable if there is such thing as a permanent threat. I hope all the readers of this article will agree that as for now the US is not under the permanent threat. That makes a call for the draft what it is ľa political posturing.




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