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In the wake of multiple terrorist attacks reportedly affiliated with radical jihad, a significant number of young Americans believe the United States should send troops to fight ISIS. They just can’t go themselves because, uh…um, they have a thing that day.
Of the 18-29 demographic, 60 percent believe America should have troops engage with ISIS. An almost equal 62 percent of those Americans also said they were completely unwilling to join the fight.
The institute has asked millennials about the idea of American boots on the ground at three different times this year, and the survey results have fluctuated somewhat, but there seems to be a “hardening of support.”
In this most recent survey, 60 percent of the 18- to 29-year-olds polled say they support committing U.S. combat troops to fight ISIS. But an almost equal number (62 percent) say they wouldn’t want to personally join the fight, even if the U.S. needed additional troops.
The disconnect in joining the fight comes down to how millennials feel about the government writ large, according to Harvard IOP Polling Director John Della Volpe.
“I’m reminded of the significant degree of distrust that this generation has about all things related to government,” said Della Volpe. “And I believe if young people had a better relationship with government … they’d be more open to serving.”
You pansies. If you want to go to war, you’re going to have to get your hands a little dirty.
Would I go to war? Nah. I don’t give a shit about anything, and the profound idea that I would go into battle and die to save our country is extremely disconnected from my reality. Except, maybe aliens. I would probably go to war against aliens. But jihadists? Meh. No thanks. My apathy knows no bounds.
Maybe it is time to reinstitute the draft. Can you imagine a bunch of coffee-sipping millennials getting dragged out of Urban Outfitters and shipped off to boot camp? Can you imagine me getting dragged out of the TFM office and put on the first flight to Syria? That could be something this country needs..
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