This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Neglecting our duty?

When I was a student at Hess­ton College in the 1960s, America was at war with North Vietnam. Many Mennonite young men did alternative service instead of being drafted into the military. In recent years, America has sent young men and women to fight in several parts of the world, and many have died in combat. But no draft has been used to determine who is going to fight and even die. During all these years, how many Mennonite young men have done their alternative duty of peace? Is the well full of volunteers, or has it dried up because there is no draft? I suspect the latter. Should we serve or wait until our present administration gets us into a war? Just look at Iran, Syria, Russia, China, Venezuela and North Korea.

Lou De Leon
Reston, Va.

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