Re: “Who’s guarding the nukes at Kitsap-Bangor?” (editorial, 12-21).
“The real world,” according to the editorial and reader responses, declares that we have no choice but to follow the path of military might, weapons of mass destruction, domination and world conquest, war and all the death and destruction that follows in its wake.
Vast empires have been built on the subjugation and exploitation of peoples and their resources. These empires also self-destruct. Empires wax and wane. They overextend and cannot sustain the enormous economic cost of their endeavors.
This is a picture of “the real world” that the U. S. has chosen, modeling itself on fallen empires of the past.
Fact: The U.S. has 737 military bases in 130 countries.
Fact: The cost of wars, unpaid for in the past and present, equals trillions of dollars that could be used to help people.
Fact: Mutually Assured Destruction, established as U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War, has failed to provide a safer, more secure world.
So, what of the five peace activists, the Disarm Now Plowshares 5, who chose a different path to world conflict? Are they quirky, quacky, unrealistic idealists? I submit that they aren’t. Their nonviolent peaceful actions at Bangor carry the vision of a better tomorrow to future generations. Thousands, perhaps millions of people worldwide, choose to carry the banner of peace for all of us.
We all have choices.