Path to peace astride the road to war |

Path to peace astride the road to war

“It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him.” – Cormac McCarthy

The peace movement that has mobilized along with our military build-up is based on the belief that war can simply be wished away if only we wish hard enough (or loud enough). The protesters have reduced themselves to chanting false, worn-out cliches about oil conspiracies and imperialism.

Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya and Lebanon have long provided terrorist organizations with financial and material assistance. In this manner, these nations can field a shadow army claimed by no country, and shield themselves from retaliation for its actions. They have concluded that Israel can not be annihilated until America is brought to its knees.

Yet terrorism is slow to yield the desired result. They grow impatient and seek weapons of mass destruction and attempt to drag the entire planet into Holy War. Does the anti-war movement seriously believe that such people will embrace their call for peace?

Sometimes the path to peace can only be found astride the road to war.

Randy Richey

Nevada City

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