To The Daily Sun,
On Thursday evening the 10th, same day as the heated vote in D.C. on the "Iran Deal", a dozen or more of us vigiled on Plymouth Common in support of diplomacy. The vigil was planned well ahead of time, with MoveOn.org promoting it. I hung my banner with Pope John Paul II sentiment: "The practice of peace leads to peace". Vigilers were from Plymouth, Thornton, Ashland, Holderness, Sanbornton, Rumney. A couple of hours prior, we heard the word: that afternoon the vote for diplomacy won.
We thank our Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for her vote and her wisdom. She said, "I believe the choice is clear. Either we recognize that this agreement is the best available option, or we chase a fantasy agreement on our own as international sanctions collapse, Iran's nuclear program continues unchecked, and our options for stopping it narrow."
Vigiler Bruce Callahan, Thornton, said, "Alternatives should our peace efforts fail could lead to another destructive, multi-trillion-dollar war that goes on for years, solves nothing and leaves that part of the world in even greater shambles. This is not something to be preferred." He warned of a "hundred years war." Cathy Bentwood pointed out that modern-day Iran has never attacked anyone.
Peace is hard to do, but well worth it. I've thought I should make a new banner: "Let's skip the war and get to the peace". Every war at last is about making peace. Douglas MacArthur famously said, "The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."
Lynn Rudmin Chong
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