In the news is a story about some schools feeling obliged
to allow peace activists access to students on a basis resembling
that of military recruiters. The catch seems to be they must
offer some menu of career opportunities. And that is the thought
have a bevy of institutions teaching and studying war, but there
are nothing like West Point for peace. Alternative service for
people of special conscience was anything not war, but it was
not required to be within a program for peace.
America came out of a century during which it was at war about
as often as not, a century with staggering numbers of war dead,
without any agenda to alter the course of events. Winning was
better than losing and there were no other options.
then the new war started and even raising the question suggests
temporal aphasia. But we really can’t go on just assuming
it is all inevitable: that the budgets will get bigger and the
tech more fearsome and the rules of conflict even less constraining.
Is there no place for a discussion that begins with: wait.