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I say any war protest is good protest, each in their own way. The intensity level of the responses here makes for great reading, it is sad it's not fiction.

Withholding taxes in a pleasing intellectual concept, and no surprise coming from a writer who probably doesn't make any money. But it may be impossible for most Americans on philosophical grounds as it is fundamental to our culture that Americans would rather help dump a dead body than instigate the IRS into looking at them. Suggesting folks not buy oil is sado-masochistic at best; none of us can fathom not buying oil--ironically, because we have to get to work on time to be abused by our bosses.

We need to both save oil and defund the war. How about we all agree to not drive to Wal-Mart for a month? We basically finance our military with borrowed money originally spent by Americans on unnecessary goods sold there, most made in China. It's a possible broad consensus builder, older Americans upset we've never stuck it to China like we did the Soviets might go for it, and soccer moms pinned to the latest lead-painted toy stories on Fox News will, too!

Back in the '60s when we had a like situation, real American radicals motivated by the draft would do radical things to carry the mood of the nation to the mass media, and so to The People. It was Us against Them. Now, with no edgy students under duress of induction marching in the streets, it seems we are all them, the media are ineffectual, and we really don't have the time. We get a suggestion of a partial tax protest, put our two cents in on the topic and it's off to work.

History suggests therefore that to end this unending war cycle, we just need more of it, and the inevitable draft that follows.