Diplomacy is real strength

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - LARRY W. CALLOWAY In­di­anapo­lis

Pres­i­dent Trump has now added his name to the list of war-crim­i­nal pres­i­dents. As a “uni­corn voter” (a black man who voted for Mr. Trump but never for Mr. Obama), I now view Mr. Trump with the same dis­dain I viewed our pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents. Noth­ing good can come from our re­cent, un­con­sti­tu­tional bomb­ings.

When dur­ing the past 50 years has the re­sult of our intervention led to a bet­ter world? All we have done is ex­pand our em­pire, cre­ate ter­ror­ists and refugees, fos­ter chaos, en­gage in regime change and gen­er­ally desta­bi­lize the world with our hege­monic ac­tiv­i­ties. It was bad enough when Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and the main­stream-me­dia cheer­lead­ers were try­ing to con­vince us, with their ob­vi­ous lies, that we should in­vade Iraq be­cause of pur­ported weapons of mass de­struc­tion. Now we just bomb with impunity, ap­par­ently. The idea that we are the moral ar­biters of the world is lu­di­crous. We have been the only coun­try to ever use nu­clear weapons, and have used chem­i­cal weapons and been guilty of about every atroc­ity imag­in­able.

We need to leave other coun­tries alone and clean up our own house. But the war­mon­gers, who owe their al­le­giance to the mil­i­taryin­dus­trial com­plex, al­ways want to keep the money flow­ing. To them, com­mon sense doesn’t mat­ter. Bang the war drums con­tin­u­ously and ha­rangue Mr. Trump about Russia un­til he tires of look­ing weak. In our Or­wellian world, strength (re­straint, rea­son and com­mon sense) is called weak­ness, while reck­less bomb­drop­ping is con­sid­ered strength. Let’s re­verse this evil and be­gin to show hu­man­ity by us­ing real diplomacy.

Mr. Trump, show us that you have real strength — the kind needed to forge a dif­fer­ent path.

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