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War doesn’t solve anything

Why is the U.S. in permanent, perpetual, endless war in the world and talking about another war against Iran, in addition?

How did the U.S. get involved in so many wars thousands of miles from home – North Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan – while it neglects the domestic budget for infrastructure, health care, environmental protection and education?

Is war the best way to change the behavior of other national governments? Do economic sanctions work? Did they ever work? Sanctions have, traditionally and legally, been considered to be a warlike act!

When the U.S. put tight sanctions on medical supplies on Iraq, the results were the deaths of over 500,000 children. The secretary of state, when pressed for justification, is quoted as saying, “It was worth it”! Then the U.S. went to war because the sanctions didn’t work!

The U.S. is a powerful nation, economically and militarily. But can it be the policeman, judge and jury for the entire planet? Should it try to be?

There are limits. Even war has limits when the extinction of the life on the planet is in the balance! We must to try to solve world problems without threats, economic sanctions and, above all, war!

Bart Haggin

Spokane

 

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