Re: “We’re safer carrying a big stick” (letter, 12-31).
Miraculously, and perhaps in answer to many of our prayers, North Korea has called for peace, acknowledging that war on the Korean Peninsula would “bring nothing but a nuclear holocaust” (TNT, 1-1). South Korea’s president sent a similar New Year’s message.
Perhaps this can be an example to all combatants and political leaders to consider the consequences of hostilities to the people on both sides. Is this too much to hope for?
Carrying bigger sticks (meaning nuclear power) will not result in more safety. Instead, nuclear buildup has resulted in increased tensions in the world.
Ill-advised wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not made us safer. Osama bin Laden is still alive, and al-Qaida continues to flourish in Europe and the Middle East, plotting ways to attack the United States using our transportation systems. On the other hand, withdrawing from those countries may help defuse terrorist claims that the United States is at war with Islam.
Are we safer with more nuclear power? The evidence is to the contrary. Peace is essential to the health and existence of human civilization. As quoted by a member of the peace group, Fellowship of Reconciliation: “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.”