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Date Posted: 10:12:01 06/29/05 Wed
Author: Mary, quite contrary
Subject: and while I sympathize with those who have enlisted in the military for educational

reasons and then been caught in the dilemma of whether or not a war is ethical, I believe it is morally wrong, unethical, against agency to force anyone to "serve" in any capacity, even in "peaceable" offices. As for the martial aspects, someone who wants to learn how to lead troops (think Helaman and his 2,000) almost has to be involved in some branch of the U.S. military to do so, risky as it is. But to be forced?
It's just wrong. And it's panicking me. I know all about MAD, and I'm trying to participate. But, what else can we do?
Can we know how our leaders feel about this?
Many poor Mormon "boys" have enlisted in the military (I have family who did) in order to get that education we have been encouraged to receive (two of my cousins are Air Force doctors). They do/did so knowingly, knowing that there may be a risk of being told to do something they don't feel good about. An Air Force pilot in my husband's family was told to do something (not in combat or even in war-time) which he knew was very, very wrong and, in spite of being an Air Force Academy graduate, etc., he followed the promptings of the Spirit--not even LDS, but very devout Christian--and got out. His choice.
I am feeling helpless, and I know that's wrong. I wish I had money to donate, but I don't right now. I know MAD is doing her best.
I only have one congressman and two senators. I feel so "little".

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