Sunday, January 28, 2007

Peace in our time - stating the obvious

There was a sort of anti-war/peace rally sometime over the past few days, and Hanoi Jane showed up. I was pissed that she'd raised her hoary head again and was gonna ignore the whole thing.

But I reckon that is the wrong attitude in this context.

Peace is one of the easiest states of existence to create - simply surrender.

A long list of wiser voices than mine have said much the same over the centuries, but it's been one of those things that linger around the periphery of my thinking. I've begun speculating to myself about the practical aspects of such a move? The nuts and bolts, if you will.

Peace in this country must be the only priority, interfering elsewhere in the world would simply not be peace.

It may be a bit of a 'straw man' thing, but one scenario would be to withdraw our military from everywhere in the world, and use them for a one-time sweep, with law enforcement types, of this country to remove every firearm from the citizens, then take those and those of the military and law enforcement somewhere and destroy them.

Then simply disband the military, putting the larger military weapons on the scrap heap of history as well. Use things such as aircraft carriers as homes for the homeless, etc. Peace would reign.

Remove any and all border constraints, allowing the peace loving people of the world free access to our largess. Peace would reign.

Rescind our Constitution in favor of the UN. Peace would reign.

The peace of the dead, maybe, but peace none the less.

The devil is in the details...

"Give me liberty, or give me death" simply doesn't allow the wiggle room that "Peace Now!" does.

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