Tuesday, September 17, 2002

by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"The policy of containment plus deterrence won the Cold War. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, everyone thanked heaven that the preventive-war loonies had never got into power in any major country. Today, alas, they appear to be in power in the United States."
on TomPaine.com

This article, by Arthur Schlesinger, perfecty and succinctly puts the case as I imagine it to be. I encourage you to read it, and to pass the link on to others.

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, and the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a day of forgiveness, prayer, and redemption - not just for the individuals, but for the community. Over and over again, through all the liturgy, was the thread of creating peace as the means to righteousness, and that aggression, violence, and war are sins. Throughout the day, we prayed for peace.

This is one of the prayers, sung in Hebrew as "Oseh Shalom." May God who makes peace in heaven cause peace to descend on us, and on all Israel, and on all the world. Amen.

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