Letters to the Editor

Letter: Peace is important

With so many global conflicts occurring, such as ISIS, Yemen, Iran, and the Saudis, our country would greatly benefit from developing international peace making a priority for national security.

Four existing federal agencies deserve full funding.

Conflict and Stabilization Operations Bureau — part of the State Department. It was created in 2011, and has had operations in 44 countries.

Complex Crises Fund — also still in its infancy (established in 2010). CCF is co-managed by the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development. CCF funds civilian solutions rather than military intervention in times when humanitarian and diplomatic assistance are needed to prevent escalating violence.

Conflict Management and Mitigation Office — founded in 2002. CMM works within USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.

U.S. Institute of Peace — created by Congress in 1984. This publicly funded think tank and training resource provides leading edge policy analysis and skills for government actors in international hotspots, as well as rich peace-building educational tools for teachers and students nationwide.

Please join me and the volunteers of the Peace Alliance to contact our Idaho Congressional Delegation: Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson.

Instead of war on terror, let’s give peace a chance.

Brent Mathieu, Boise

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