Eddie Tews (see also ) spells it out for the armchair conscientious-objector crowd:
Suppose the Bush Administration were to re-introduce the Draft? And suppose you were eligible (and given that the Army has recently raised the maximum recruiting age for the Reserves and the National Guard to 39, you may be more eligible than you think)? Would you participate? Would you consent to killing (let’s be honest: slaughtering) for the State?
If your answer is, “Yes,” and you’ve not yet enlisted, perhaps you should do so at this time. If your answer is, “No,” or, “No, even if it means being locked up,” then another question follows:
Would you consent to paying your Federal Income Taxes, even knowing that roughly 50% is allocated to the military? That is, would you consent to financing mass murder for the State, even though you were willing to spend time in jail in order to avoid physically participating?
If so, why?
If not, and you’re not already a War Tax Resister, then, there’s no time like the present!
Well put. The hawks who love love love war as long as someone else is taking the risks are called “chickenhawks” — anyone have a good idea for what to call peaceniks who applaud deserters and conscientious objectors but who keep shoveling money into the treasury month after month?