Peace is the city's business


Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 10:59 p.m.
In response to Clifford Knizley's Jan. 4 letter: The City Commission approved light resynchronization, part of an infrastructure upgrade totaling over $60 million. That was Knizley's main concern. It has been addressed.
I waver on the Department of Peace but Knizley has decided for me. He writes, "Can you feel the waves of joyous rapture emanating from Tehran to Caracas to Pyongyang? Or, maybe it's laughter emanating from these . . . so committed to nonviolence and human rights."
I agree that Tehran, Caracas and Pyongyang guffaw at the idea of peace. I can also think of no better reason to support it than that which Knizley has so derisively provided. If dictators and madmen believe the idea is ridiculous, I wholeheartedly support it.
Knizley wants our nation to join the "Some . . . so adamant in their views that they will kill in order to impose those views on others." Getting past Americans killing to impose "democracy" on Iraq, I disagree. This nation must regard peace as morally superior to war. We can fight, but we must never come to love it.
War is wrong. It may be less wrong than other actions, but it remains wrong. Those of Knizley's ilk do not believe in pluralism; to them, lights pre-empt all other commission business. They believe we cannot seek peace and defend ourselves. This is wrong. Seeking peace can exist alongside preparation for battle, and it must.
I know this because Christ said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, they will be called Sons of God."

Paul Kincaid,

Gainesville

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