Peace, love and traffic lights

Published: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11:23 p.m.
Our local, elected officials, a group incapable of figuring out how to synchronize traffic lights, has moved on to weightier issues.
Fresh off their brilliant decision to spend $76,000 on a city slogan, this gaggle of holier-than-thou, self-absorbed navel gazers has now decided to advise the federal government on how to conduct foreign policy.
It seems that the beacon of wisdom we call the Gainesville City Commission has spent an entire session debating and voting on the need for a Federal Department of Peace. The goal of this department would be to find peaceful solutions and non-violent ways to resolve all human conflicts. It will literally hold the power to change human nature by virtue of its noble intentions.
Can you feel the waves of joyous rapture emanating from Tehran to Caracas to Pyongyang? Or, maybe it's laughter emanating from these world capitals that are so committed to non-violence and human rights.
There are basic tenets of humanity that no good intentions will resolve. Mankind will never agree to agree on everything. Some are so adamant in their views that they will kill in order to impose those views on others. What exercise in conflict resolution would have worked with the Nazi movement?
Does the Gainesville City Commission really believe that practitioners of militant Islam are going to aspire to peaceful coexistence? How do we find common ground with a movement that subjugates women, executes homosexuals and states the destruction of America and its allies as its ultimate goal?
This is a world ruled by the aggressive use of force. That's a fact of life. I suspect with our local officials spinning their wheels on Quixotic symbolism, poorly timed traffic lights will also be a fact of life.

Clifford Knizley,


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