I recently watched Mrs. Miniver, a wonderful 1942 Academy Award-winning movie that many people never saw or don’t remember. In the closing scene in a bombed-out church in a rural British town during World War II, the minister honors several local civilians who have been killed in air raids, two of them lead characters. He reminds all that even though they were not soldiers, “This was a people’s war.”
On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, I’m reminded that, although we’ve entered several wars since WWII, none was a “people’s war.” If we had a draft system that included politicians’ children and it was activated before we could enter another war, maybe our leaders would think twice before they rushed to battle.
Ferdinand Phillips, Coral Gables