Diplomacy, not pacifism, is the alternative to war

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I really wonder about the judgment of this paper's editors when they publish articles like Sebastian Junger's self-serving "Pacifism Can Kill" (Sept. 22 Forum). He's a war correspondent, making his living off of war. Why not get an arms manufacturer to tell us how great war is for us all?

Mr. Junger selectively mentions places where genocide was occurring and the global community acted to stop it. But he never mentions that in places like Iraq there were no civilian casualties before we started a war there. He rationalizes military intervention in Afghanistan without acknowledging that it, like most of these other "hot spots," is such because the West, in its imperial wisdom, threw people together in political states that ignored centuries of religious and ethnic differences.

The alternative to war isn't pacifism; it is diplomacy. It is developing the ability as human beings to rise above the primitive solution of killing one another. Because with the advent of weapons that can destroy this planet, war as the answer to our differences may have catastrophic consequences for us all.

TOM BALYA
Greensburg


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