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Bastian letter: Wars

Isn’t it interesting that the same dynamite used to quarry bricks to build hospitals for the preservation of lives is often used to blow up human bodies in our streets and on the battlefield? Many feel we have had our last chance if we don’t devise a better system.

Our ongoing wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere suggest we need a more effective system of dealing with war than building bigger and more destructive war machines. General MacArthur gave this answer to mankind’s scary and perilous situation when he said man’s only hope was the “improvement of human character.”

Too often we look to science to save us from ourselves; but can science show us how to change a stony heart and eliminate our war-like behavior? In this high-speed era, second chances may not be an option, and certainly we cannot afford fools in high places.

Can we beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks? Can we bury our weapons of war? Can we learn that a stony heart that believes in an “eye for and eye” and a “tooth for a tooth” does not have the power or mindset to make a better world?

Morris Bastian, Boise

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