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America Needs a National Service Draft Now to Fight the Coronavirus

Added 04-07-20 05:34:02pm EST - “Nations have always mobilized young people when facing existential crises like war. The case for national service has never been clearer.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “America Needs a National Service Draft Now to Fight the Coronavirus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Nations have always mobilized young people when facing existential crises like war. The case for national service has never been clearer.

The pandemic might prompt the kind of cooperation needed to end the country’s civil war, after years of fighting and foreign intervention failed.

The coronavirus-infected British prime minister is still on oxygen in the ICU but is said to be stable, while his foreign minister takes the reins.

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My son, Liam, turned 18 in March, just as schools and universities were closing and stay-at-home orders began proliferating. On the day U.S. President Donald Trump declared war on the coronavirus, we received Liam’s selective service card in the mail. Were this a real war, Liam and his friends could have been called up to go off and risk their lives. Instead, he and millions of high school seniors and college students had just been instructed, by political leaders, school authorities, and the media, to do their part to beat this virus—by staying home. As a popular Facebook meme read: “Your grandparents were called to war. You’re being called to sit on your couch. You can do this.”

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