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Don’t question policies, just be patriotic

Don’t read this. Don’t ask yourself why unease keeps creeping into your heart. Don’t question whether we should start another war. Don’t think about the message our military aggression sends to the world. Don’t ask what are the true motives of our leaders. Don’t wonder if we are caught up in half truths, fear or patriotic fervor. Don’t think about the innocent people who will die.

Don’t wonder if some small portion of the $350 billion military budget could be better spent. In particular, don’t think about the 300 million chronically hungry children who, according to the World Food Program (, could be fed for less than $50 a year per child. Don’t do the math. Don’t multiply $50 times 300 million and get the number $15 billion. Don’t wonder which would do more to reduce terrorism: an additional $15 billion in bombs or feeding 300 million hungry children with just 4 percent of the military budget.

Don’t consider that every day malnutrition is a significant factor in the deaths of 11,000 of these children. Don’t ask what your life would be like if you weren’t born in this country. Don’t think about what it is like to be on the receiving end of collateral damage. Don’t consider that perhaps the root causes of terrorism would dry up like a child’s tears if the war on terrorism were conducted globally with a new theme: as the war against suffering and injustice.

Don’t read this. Don’t question. Instead, be patriotic and go shopping.

Ralph Silberstein

Grass Valley

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