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Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat

uhohshortsonthehighway Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 4:55 AM
I don't care what other countries do with their women in the armed services, it's not really relevant to the argument. People will bring up Israel, which allows women to serve in combat units to a certain degree. Bad example. Israel is a small country with a small population that is surrounded by Islamic loons who want to eradicate them. The government can't afford to waste time and resources debating who should be allowed to shoot someone who is threatenting the country. In America, we have a large volunteer force and seldom do we have problems filling the job positions in the military. To open up combat jobs to the very select few women who would even consider applying is doing nothing to enhance military readiness.

The first line of attack in political battles is language. Getting people to phrase things your way is the first step to getting them to think your way.

In the foggy mess of the debate over women in combat, you will see media references to a “ban” being “lifted.”

Bans are bad. Lifting bans is good. Therein lies the bias strangling this issue in the dominant media culture.

Am I “banned” from the women’s restrooms at work? No, I’m just not supposed to be in there, so that word doesn’t come up. The...