LET US WAGE PEACE, NOT WAR
By ANH LE
It is clear that the American people want to seek a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, not another war in the Middle East. Are the President and our Senators and Congresspeople listening to the American people?
President Barack Obama said that strikes on Syria would be “limited” and of short duration. This talk sounds almost analogous to George W. Bush landing on an aircraft carrier and declaring, “Mission Accomplished,” soon after the U.S. military’s invasion against Iraq.
It is ironic that Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel are beating the drums of war and calling for strikes on Syria. Kerry, who was a machine gunner in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War, later threw away his medals as a protest against the war. Hagel, who was a helicopter gunner during that war, later said that because he had seen the horrors of war, “If I ever can influence anything, I will do all I can to prevent war.”
Americans are demanding that our nation cannot continue to conduct its foreign policy by simply waging war or disregarding the sovereignty of other nations.
Have we not learned from the tragedy of the “Quagmire” of the Viet Nam War?
Have we not learned from the ongoing tragedies of the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated, “‘Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.'” Dr. King also called for the strengthening of the United Nations, and warned that the use of armaments could result in “civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation, and our earthly habitat would be transformed into an inferno that even the mind of Dante could not imagine.”
Let us together as Americans wage peace. Let us together turn swords into plowshares.
Our children and our grandchildren, and our fellow human beings around the world and their children, want Peace. Let us respect and honor the sanctity of human life. Our survival depends on it.Filed under: Letters to the Editor