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Letter to the Editor: Wars are a bad idea


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By JAMES FRANKLIN RINEHART
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Editor:

Most wars could be avoided with better diplomacy, a mutual understanding of minding one's own business, and respect for the right of self-determination.

The costs of war are always much more than anticipated, while the benefits are much less.

The cost of war is more than just the dollars spent; it includes deaths, injuries, and destruction along with the unintended consequences that go on for decades.

Support for offensive wars wears thin, especially when they are not ended quickly.

The Iraq war now has been going on for 15 years with no end in sight.

Ulterior motives too often preempt national security in offensive wars.

Powerful nations too often forget humility in their relationships to other countries.

World history and religious dogmatism are too often ignored and misunderstood.

World government is no panacea for limiting war.

Most wars could be avoided with better diplomacy, a mutual understanding of minding one's own business, and respect for the right of self-determination.


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