Letter: The waste of war

Sunday, December 17, 2017
The waste of war

Thank you Bill Walker for your article “Addicted to War” (Monitor Forum, Dec. 14). There has been way too little coverage or discussion regarding the U.S. defense budget of $842.6 billion signed into law by the president on Dec. 12 for fiscal year 2018.

It seems that there is quiet acceptance of our addiction to war, and no plan for decreasing our dependency on this dangerous epidemic, fueled by the corporate profit makers and their lobbyists.

I wonder why we don’t use our imaginations and creativity for life-giving purposes? I wonder why we refuse to use technology to save lives instead of proving our power by destroying them? Our massive weaponry used for destruction in our name is reprehensible. We would do far better to feed the hungry, provide clean, free water for people’s well being, and use our resources to better educate and provide opportunities for people to thrive.

Our huge outlay in military and defense spending weakens our ability to educate our children, to provide quality health care to our people, to improve our infrastructure, and to protect our environment with upgrades in sustainable energy. Our priorities need to be re-examined, and we need new leadership in order to do this. Most of all, we need an informed citizenry to demand change.

Let’s work together to inform ourselves and heal this world from this harmful addiction.