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Letter: We must nurture peace

My passion for politics is primarily about the issue of war and peace. I served in the military for seven years, and the VA for another 10. I saw both the physical and psychological wounds of war. The older veterans tended to be proud of their service in World War II. This group is dwindling in our society, replaced by veterans who are not sure why they served and feel a mixture of pride, confusion and sometimes shame.

A nation must be very certain and united before it goes to war. This has not been the case during most of our lifetimes. Recent wars have resolved little while costing us dearly. War, both overt and covert, is obsolete and must end.

I was encouraged by the remarks made by Pope Francis at Christmas this year. On both the national and personal level, we must learn to resolve conflict peacefully. The victims of war are all of us, whether we serve directly or are poisoned by the secondhand trauma of the taking of human life without sufficient justification.

As Americans, so few of us serve that the nation has a convenient amnesia that we are even at war. We don’t realize how the war mentality affects us all. Humanity must turn from Apocalypse Now thinking to the active nurturing of peace in our public debate and our private lives.



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