Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Erin Solaro: Women in the Line of Fire (and more on the possibility of the draft)
Erin Solaro. Women in the Line of Fire: What You Should Know About Women in the Military. Seal Press, 2006, ISBN 1-58005-174-X. Foreword by Volney F. Warner, US Army Retired. Paper, 408 pages, indexed.
This book makes the strong point that women today face essentially the same hazards as men, even though military regulations are written as to pretend that men run the show and take the casualties. She makes a strong case for coming clean about the real role of women in combat, which is considerable.
Some of the book is autobiographical, her experience in the military, and then as a journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One of her strongest arguments is that, until about a half century or so ago, women's childbirth mortality rates exceeded those of men in work or combat. She believes this fact helps explain the exclusion of women from many areas of life, especially in other cultures such as much of Islam.
She is candid about the possibility that the draft could be reinstated, and of course women would be subject to it. She also believes that the obscure "unorganized militia" actually defined in United States code should now include women.