The roots of war


To the editor,


My first thought after reading Brillhart’s “Peace not war” was that he just doesn’t get it.

Then I remember all the articles that he has had published about the failure of the Republican Party and his praises for the platform of the Democratic Party . Then I do wonder — if it wasn’t for politics, would this world still have wars?

I have heard it said that “it is the nature of mankind that brings on the killing of another human. Some say it is the curse of Cain, after he slew Abel.

Some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen were in Vietnam, where we saw children laughing and having the time of their life. The same scenes you see in peace time can be found in countries at war. That is the innocence of children. And in spite of the actions and signs of war, those children will find a way to try to shut that from their lives.

I find it hard to comprehend how Brillhart can be so down on the Republican Party, detest wars, yet he lauds Democratic leaders. WWI was a Democratic president. WWII a Democratic president, Korea the same, Vietnam was the same, Afghanistan is shared by both partys. The Republicans were responsible for both Gulf Wars, Panama, Grenada and the Dominican Republican.

In comparison, one can only see that the wars under the Democrats took years to fight, while the Republican presidents seem to say “let’s get in and then get out .”

So Mr. Brillhart, while you bemoan the trillions of dollars wasted on these wars you might consider which party likes long, long, wars or would you rather pay for a 100-day war, or after it started, the gulf war was only 100 hours.

But of coarse, we’ll never read this in the papers, but many will curse wars, humankind, but remember, it is that humankind that participates in elections and those so called “warmongers” were placed there by humankind voters.

Do we now blame the voters or is it still the opposite political party’s fault?


Bill Hanley

Twin Bridges