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    The sack draft

    By the end of the Spanish Civil War, around 1939, the republican government drafted 18 and 60-year olds. The Spanish people, who always show their humor in the most difficult situation, called them the pacifier and the sack drafts; elderly people took a sack or bag with food (dry sausages and beans, mostly) and their meager belongings, and young people, well, they had to be pacified.
    The US Army seems to be in the same situation in Afghanistan, since they are drafting a 70-year old colonel to serve in Afghanistan (via blogdex). If would be funny, if it weren't for the fact that they seem to be calling the pacifier draft, too (via HT4E, sorry, can't find permalinks). In fact, some find it as an indication of a compulsory draft. Can't see how the american people would take this. Or how this could be done.

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