John M. Kunst, Jr.: Peace a wobbly prospect |

John M. Kunst, Jr.: Peace a wobbly prospect

John M. Kunst, Jr.Cincinnati and Breckenridge

Rick Mayfield’s optimism over the president’s selection for the Nobel Peace Prize and condemnation of conservatives for “being on the wrong side of history” is, well, just plain wrong.His article brings to mind my first rule of politics: no preachers at the podium and no politicians in the pulpit. The Reverend Mayfield should stick to preaching.While I share his hope for peace and wish the president well in his efforts to bring order to a dysfunctional world, as a centrist, I am unwilling to believe that he can convince 2.5 billion Muslims that they need to crack down on their extreme minority so that all will be well throughout the world. I was born in 1941 and told that both world wars would end all wars. Since then, this nation has been at war in each decade of my life, first in Korea, then Vietnam and south-east Asia, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan and we are soon to be in Pakistan. My point is this: While all of us should strive for peace, efforts at peace fail more often than they succeed and we need to be prepared to poke the bad guys in the nose if they start throwing rocks at us.

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