Flexing our military muscle is best way to achieve peace

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 11:36 p.m.
On Jan. 20, our family intended to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. march. As we gathered with the crowd to begin the walk, we were overwhelmed by two large anti-war banners carried by a small group of protesters.
As a Republican and supporter of the great accomplishments of Dr. King for civil rights, we chose not participate in the march because of the negative association with the anti-war propaganda. War and racial prejudice are two different issues; the latter is clearly what Dr. King radically, but peacefully addressed.
On the other hand, we have a potential war with Iraq - to fight for the freedoms and the liberties that all Americans enjoy (including civil rights). Peace is truly the heart of the conservative war agenda. However, it is peace through strength. This was the backbone of the Reagan administration, and look what it accomplished: the cold war ended along with the Communist Regime in Russia without any major bloodshed.
Furthermore, when dealing with ruthless, immoral dictators, it is through a strong military, which our present Republican administration continues to preach, as the best approach to peace.
In the future, don't confuse the two issues; war and racial prejudice are not the same. If we want to end racial prejudice, we must practice Dr. King's principles of peace and stop hating one another. If we want to end terrorism and inhumane dictators, we must practice peace through strength.
Barbara Fuller, Gainesville

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