Time to risk peace

Mr. President: when mankind works with as much determination and sacrifice to make peace as war, there will be peace. As Ben Franklin advised, “There has never been a good war or a bad peace.”

Franklin understood that peace is more than just the absence of war; like love it is more than just the absence of hate — they are both active pursuits.

Militarily the United States is the most powerful land in the world; if we cannot find the courage to ever turn the other cheek, no one else will either.  We have made enough mistakes in pursuing war; it is now time to risk peace.

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”  — John F. Kennedy

Sam Osborne

West Branch

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