Keep the peace

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

To the editor,

On Easter, did you hear the nuclear arms-race noise?

Whether or not you celebrated the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter, we all should keep in mind this Old Testament Bible passage from Isaiah 2:4: “And he [God] shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore.”

On Easter, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which did help keep the peace during the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, celebrated its 72nd anniversary. However, since 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved, NATO has not improved the relations between the US-European countries coalition and Russia because NATO has expanded its membership by 10 countries along the Russian border with 4 additional Russian-boundary countries seeking NATO membership.

Imagine if Canada, Mexico, and all the Central and South American countries joined a Russianversion of NATO, would the US feel threatened by this expansion? Absolutely!

Not only has NATO expanded its membership of Russian-border countries, but also NATO has expanded its annual budget, with more than 7% growth annually. Writing in “Sputnik News,” Ilya Tsukanov reported that “NATO spends the equivalent of over 21 times what Russia does on the military” (and that 21 times figure does not include the US annual military budget).

Whether you believe in the Prince of Peace and/or his Father’s admonition to convert “swords into plowshares,” we all should advance the cause of peace via citizen diplomacy. One step toward this complex cause is to connect the 145 million Russians and 330 million Americans. This citizen diplomacy connection includes understanding Russian culture.

So, for starters, please invest a few minutes to read the short articles posted daily at “Russia Beyond” (rbth.com). Thank you!

Randy Piper

Dillon

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