Conscription

88 years ago today WWI officially ended. WWI was noted for being the first “Total War,” and resulted in the deaths of about 15 million, roughly six million of which were civilians. Many of the nine million military deaths though, were the deaths of soldiers who were conscripted. Though most Western nations no longer have a system of involuntary conscription, they have in the past, and many nations still do. Draftees, though they are armed, are armed through no fault of their own; they may not want to fight or kill, but they are made to, and all too often they are killed.

Regardless of whether conscripted soldiers are technically civilians or not, the death of someone conscripted to fight a war they did not believe in, when they did not want to kill, is the death of a civilian.

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