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Ariel Simon, 27
MANHATTAN

I was pro-war because I believed Powell. I put my trust in that and now it turns out it's not true. I'd have to think long and hard before I decided to go into the army.


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Sophie C., 20
MANHATTAN

I would avoid it as much as possible. I don't support a draft at all. But at the same time, I'd be against any loopholes, even for women. Everyone should have to go or not go equally.


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Avi Fox-Rosen, 21
BROOKLYN

I don't really want to go places and kill people, but to be honest, when the war broke out, I was in Israel. The mood was for war, and getting rid of Saddam was a good thing, and I got caught up into the mood.


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Karl Schmidt, 21
MANHATTAN

I don't think it's necessary. I think there is still enough interest in the volunteer army. I was pro-war mostly because of the weapons of mass destruction. I think I would go if I were drafted, but I like to think I would enlist first.


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Heather Todd, 28
MANHATTAN

I just don't think it's right to force people to go to war. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if they paid people in the military. They have private security people over there making $100,000.


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Alan Tapia, 25
MANHATTAN

A draft makes some sense, but I'm not sure it's fair to make people fight who are anti-war. I was pro-war but I don't think I would support a draft.


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Shaun McElhenny, 20
MANHATTAN

I'm really split on this because Bush tried to make us feel like we could go to war without a lot of sacrifices. Also I'm skeptical because would I be going off to fight for America or fighting for Bush? I would go if I were drafted—you can't have it come down to a matter of opinion. Then that's not a draft. It's just volunteers.

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