An alternative view on the war against Iraq from peace candidate |

An alternative view on the war against Iraq from peace candidate

My name is Patrick West, and I am running for U.S. Congress in the 2nd District, which includes Summit County. I am a peace activist. I support peace as the only means of creating peace.

Many people all across this land, including Democrat Mark Udall and Republican Sandy Hume, are unable to give up their hatred and resentment, supporting death and destruction as a means of creating peace. The United States continues to sow the seeds of death and destruction throughout the world.

These seeds grow into the hatred and resentment that spawns terrorist acts. It is a never-ending circle.

Conventional strategies of defense, such as large standing armies, nuclear overkill and anti-missile shields, are increasingly irrelevant. America’s ability to deliver massive retaliation affords little deterrence to terrorists, who are anticipating such retaliation and feed on the associated escalation of violence and the potential spread of conflict.

We can use all the force known to mankind; we can blow a hole through the Earth and cripple the human enterprise, and still we will not eliminate terrorism because we have not removed the conditions that spawn it.

Yet, our government continues to rely on these outdated, conventional strategies to “create peace.”

Consider that the United Nations charter states, “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”

I promote more harmonious and life-supporting international relations by co-creating solutions that are sustainable and by exporting American know-how in areas such as consciousness-based education, sustainable/organic agriculture, preventive/natural health care and sustainable business practices, programs that nourish and promote life, thereby sowing the seeds of trust and friendship among nations.

By working in harmony with people around the world, we can create permanent, positive peace and end the destruction and violence, creating a better future for generations to come.

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