LETTER: Let's wage peace instead

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 04:56 AM

To the Editor:

Waging peace is much more difficult than waging war. It is a delicate process, more like walking a tightrope between the World Trade Towers than randomly lobbing rockets into a neighboring country.

It is not as satisfying to watch the peace process at work as it is watching battles being played out on our TV sets. Kind of like watching grass grow, [there's] not much instant gratification. Waging peace is not good versus evil; it is convincing all participants that they must learn how to get along with each other in spite of their differences.

The world knows the United States carries a big stick. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are speaking softly but tenaciously in a focused effort to begin to solve intractable problems without violence. It is something that all humanity needs to learn how to do.

Irene Smith