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Building peace from the ashes

David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, writes: "The United States should stop spending obscene amounts of money on military might, such as on our bloated nuclear arsenal and on missile defenses. Rather, we should allocate our resources to providing better intelligence to protect the American people, to eliminating stores of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in our country and throughout the world, and to improving the lives of people in the poorest countries who suffer each day for lack of basic necessities or from brutal government policies. The United States needs to be a beacon of hope throughout the world based on our active support of democracy, human rights, and the alleviation of the conditions of poverty for all the world’s people".

My comment: The most urgent task is to eradicate terrorism, and that requires the use of force. However, it is disturbing that, while the economy is suffering, US manufacturers of military hardware are increasing their sales and profits. Moreover, the present crisis is being used to test new strategy and weapons systems. Fine, if they help defeat terrorism. The US Air Force has long shown a propensity to solve problems by bombing. Fine, if there is no peaceful solution, and if we are aware of the fallout in world opinion. The ultimate aim must be what David Krieger says, and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace would make an important contribution to the search for peace.

Ronald Hilton - 10/15/01