Well, this is a touchy subject, obviously. Personally, I feel that if we resort to military conscription, that it SHOULD be across both gender lines. If women want equal rights (translated as equal pay and equal power), then why not give them just what they asked for?
I find it so ironic that as blatantly sexist as a "Male Only" draft is, that they aren't saying anything.
I guess that Sexual Discrimination is ok as long as it puts you at some kind of advantage.
I've always thought that the reason we drafted young males was because they were the most physically fit. That may be true. But there's more to it:
They are snotty and in need of some discipline. I think that's the real reason so many of todays kids are opposed to this war. Not because they are opposed to war per se, but they don't want to give up their sheltered, spoiled, dot-com way of life that they are so used to. To them, the thought of 1) getting yelled at at 5AM and 2) actually having to DO
something (besides hassling people online) is a terrifying thought.
Besides, if we tried to draft anyone over age 35, those people would write nasty letters to their congressmen threatening to recall them.
I think that another reason this "war" has hit a resonant note with todays generation is that there is finally something in their life to give it meaning and siginificance, and to define their era. This goes way beyond whatever music and TV
sitcoms are popular (musicians, movies and TV
shows come and go, but Major Historical events like these will always be part of our collective phsyche): My grandparents dealt with the Great Depression and World War II
. My parents dealt with Vietnam and the whole Hawk/Dove issue, along with almost weekly assasinations.
My generations greatest moments were the invention of the CD
and the three minute Gulf War I. Whoop-de-doo.
And, up until now, todays generation was even more wimpy than mine: Political Correctness,The Internet, and N-Stink.
Personally, I beleive that secretly, deep down inside, everyone who is between ages 17-25 today is THRILLED that this is going on.