The Cold War completely changed the balance of power and we were gradually led into increasingly asymmetrical conflicts and “surgical” wars, which are the mimetic doubles of the terrorist carnage we experience today. It seems that military culture is dead in the West, through not in the East. Not how the elimination of compulsory military service has gone unnoticed among us.

-Rene Girard, Battling to the End, p.91

Whoa. Thousands of years of history and suddenly, what happened to the draft? Poof. Times really are pretty different.