Letter of the week: A right to peace

08/03/2014 10:00 AM

08/03/2014 3:00 PM

Middle East conflict

The U.S. House recently passed a voice resolution affirming the right of Israel to defend itself. Unfortunately, such a resolution falls short of the real goal.

Ongoing defense implies war and conflict when what Israel really deserves is a right to peace.

Because I value human life and livelihood, I support aiding Israel with a missile-defense system, bomb shelters and air sirens. On the other hand, I value the lives and property of Palestinian civilians, so, if we supply offensive weapons to Israel, we should supply the Palestinian people with a missile-defense system, too.

Such an audacious suggestion, of course — like the congressional resolution — is predicated on a world of conflict. What we really need to pursue is a right to peace.

The Middle East — and the world — deserves not defensive weapons and certainly not offensive weapons but a land of peace where children can safely grow to adulthood. The ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine obviously is not moving us in that direction.

Amrita Burdick of Kansas City is a retired medical librarian. She came to the area as a Vista volunteer and remains passionate about protecting the planet, social justice and peace.

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