Let’s make peace a campaign issue
In my December 23 Boston Globe op-ed, “Why isn’t peace on anyone’s platform?”, I wrote that our national leaders rarely raise the standard of “peace” as among our most important international objectives.
Unlike past leaders such as Lincoln, FDR, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, our current Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington now elevate “security” and “defense” as our top strategic priorities. In fact, the goal of peace does not appear prominently on the websites of any of the seven Republican presidential candidates.
Of course, peace is an elusive and perhaps even unattainable goal and we must continue to invest in our military and homeland security to defend our country in a violent age. But, have we become so fearful in the wake of 9/11 that we no longer believe the pursuit of peace can be the guiding star that makes us a better nation?