02/05/2014 by syrbal-labrys
I haven’t seen this story in US media, not that I have looked. I remember reading, with horror, in history books — of bounties paid for youths delivered for military service. One of the more horrific images from an unusually historically INaccurate films (The Gangs of New York) was of immigrants coming off ship in New York and being signed up directly into the Army to fight in the Civil War.
So, last night’s insomniac reading telling me that people were PAID to deliver young folks to recruiters, ready to sign up for military service during the Iraq War filled me with a sense of both shame and extreme anger. And to find that it wasn’t enough to pay a bounty on young lives….but they had to further cheat to make more and more money on this wretched game? And that high school principals and counselors participated and took this blood money for sending students to enlist?
I really thought I might get through more of this week without wishing I was at a party with an open bar! How does anyone who talked some student, some neighbor boy or girl, some relative or friend into joining so they could have some quick cash LIVE with that choice, if that young soldier DIED in that misery of a sandy hellhole? People think human traffic refers only to girls and women and pornography and prostitution. Well, hey, they could be sort of right couldn’t they? This pair of wars is certainly MY idea of pornographic!