Mountain View Voices For Peace
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We won't go!

If you are eligible to serve and agree with the following statement, please pledge below that you will not fight in Iraq.

We, the undersigned young men and women, are eligible to serve in the U.S. armed forces, and if the draft is reinstated we may be subject to induction. We pledge, however, that we will not serve in the U.S. armed forces as long as U.S. troops are occupying or waging war in Iraq.


If you are not eligible to serve and you agree with the following statement, please pledge below that you will support those who will not fight in Iraq.

We, the undersigned, pledge to support those young men and women who have pledged that they will not serve in the U.S. armed forces as long as U.S. troops are occupying or waging war in Iraq.

 

Today the Bush Administration is embarked upon policies that will keep well over one hundred thousand American troops in Iraq indefinitely, for no clear, morally defensible purpose. Though President Bush says there is no plan to re-instate the draft, it's hard to imagine a scenario that won't require a major infusion of new blood into the active-duty military.

It's important, therefore, to build opposition to the draft before momentum for it rises in Washington. While such momentum seems unlikely today, it's not far-fetched to believe that the Bush Administration would use an international crisis or terrorist attack to promote a change in policy. Collective, visible opposition today will not only make it harder to pass draft legislation, but it will make it more difficult for the Bush administration to carry out its counterproductive policies.

Therefore we have launched the "We Won't Go" statement, in which young men and women pledge not to participate in an unjust war. By taking the pledge, we not only build opposition to the draft, but we also support potential enlistees who choose not to sign up for an unwinnable mission. The pledge takes two forms: one for draft-age men and women, and a second for those who, though not eligible for the draft, support those young men and women who refuse to fight.