Despite the large and active recruitment drives targeting them, a heightened level of casual and toxic Islamophobia within the ranks of America’s Armed Forces is alienating many Muslim Americans who might otherwise consider joining.
In his urge to ditch the draft and so dampen the still-churning antiwar movement at home, Nixon created a new kind of American force, closer to a foreign legion geared to fighting never-ending wars thousands of miles from what, post-9/11, came to be known as “the homeland.”
The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a bit of updating. I’m not a saint or even a bishop, merely an interested