Letter: War is not the answer

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Dear Editor:

I still believe that war is not the answer.

To the person who smashed in my front window where my sign “War is not the answer” has stood for over 10 years: I assume you disagree with my beliefs but I want you to know that your act of violence will not silence me if that was what you intended. After over 11 years of war, I believe even more that war is not the answer!

Once again a US president is beating the war drums but I will not fall in line behind him because I have learned that misleading information has drawn us into wars before. I have learned that violence results in more violence and that the end does not justify the means. Instead, the means inform the end. I have learned that we cannot bring about peace through war and that most people want peace while the few profit from war. Like most Americans, I am tired of war.

I believe that no matter how appalled we may be at the bloodshed in Syria, resorting to violence ourselves is wrong and will only further inflame the region. If we have learned anything at all from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, it should be that the decision to go to war is a very serious matter with dire consequences. How can we take unprovoked military action against another country and not call it war and what makes us think we can keep it limited? Need we be reminded about the costs of war, the risks of adding to the death toll of innocent civilians and refugees, further destabilizing the region, provoking retaliation, creating more enemies and finding ourselves in the midst of another country’s civil war in a part of the world where we have lost credibility because of our lack of respect for international law? What about the costs to our war weary military forces and our economically strapped communities?

Instead of military action, I propose that we follow the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Pursue nonviolent solutions: support and work with the UN and the world court, use diplomacy and provide humanitarian aid to the war weary Syrian people.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” MLK

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