Thursday, January 25, 2007

Department of Peace

Speaking of detachment from reality:

The ultimate goal of the movement, which is happening in New Hampshire and the other 49 states, is to back legislation that would create an entity to balance the Department of Defense, situate a representative in the president’s Cabinet and offer nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflicts.

The department would not be anti-military, but would advise the armed forces about effective post-conflict peace building and support violence-prevention programs in this country, among other missions, according to The Peace Alliance, an organization leading the national campaign.
Right. advise the military on violence prevention. Funny, with all the police training that they have been getting you'd think they'd have that in hand. As for the other missions, I'd think that would fall to the Department of State.
“The way we approach confrontations and situations with aggression is wrong because it’s not working,” Boyer said. “We keep getting the same results. I really feel that we need a new approach.”
Right. Because the guys bombing our citizenry are people that can be persuaded to give peace a chance.
Formal bills calling for a peace department were introduced again in each decade from 1930 to 1960, the Peace Alliance Web site said, and the latest efforts were waged by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
Kucinich wants this? Now I'm really suspicious.
“Over 80 times in the course of our history, this has come up,” she said. “It’s often been after we’ve suffered, lived through pains of war and tragedy. In honor of the people who’ve gone before us, we should recognize the value of what they originally proposed, take the banner and run with it.”
Failed 80 times means it must be a good idea. The reason we suffer the pains of war is because we value our freedom and our way of life. Another group who thinks that by being nice to the tyrants and monsters we can achieve happiness. This type of group has a historical name, Slaves.

You should always try diplomacy and the peaceful path first. But in the end "Si vis pacem, para bellum."

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