Women in combat is more than a civil rights issue

Here is an oped that I am privileged to have had appear in the Orlando Sentinel .


Click on the link for the full article.

We should not be surprised to see the U.S. outpace every other country in the developed world in domestic gun violence when it outpaces every other country in international violence.

Domestic and international cultures are not, and cannot be, compartmentalized. Thus, the nation stands in dangerous irony when it condemns domestic shootings with calls of restrictions on guns, yet applauds a lift on the ban on women in combat, which only authorizes more people to kill internationally.

By lifting the ban, the U.S. has enlarged its fighting force. This move has come when military recruitment numbers are declining and U.S. military responsibilities are increasing. Lifting the ban reflects a commitment to military expansion, not gender equality.


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