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I believe in 'peace through strength', not in 'give peace a chance'

To The Daily Sun,

I read with mixed emotions, the letter by Lynn Rudmin Chong regarding the 70th anniversary of the bombings on Japan to bring about their surrender. Of course, we do feel bad for all the dead in all wars, and the Japanese people are no exception. Others have written about the well known fact that so many more lives were spared by this country's use of the atomic bomb. Thank God it was the United States that first had a nuclear weapon and has not used it since.

This country has not taken lands conquered, but instead has spent billions to help rebuild those countries. Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki today in comparison to our own Detroit, the former Paris of the Midwest. We still have troops protecting Germany and South Korea. We gave the Philippines, a U.S. territory, back its independence on July 4, 1946. This country has attained more power than any previous country on this earth and yet has used it more judiciously than has any previous empire. We give more in foreign aid than has any previous country having attained the status of the most powerful, despite our enormous personal debt.

Lynn and the various groups commemorating this important date in history are calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. I wonder if this group has any idea how to accomplish this onerous task? We could not keep North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon. The deal that President Obama and Secretary Kerry are trying to push through unconstitutionally will not keep Iran from continuing their development of a nuclear weapon.

Why did the Soviet Union not dare to fire a nuclear weapon at us. Mutually assured destruction (MAD) worked with the Russians. They did not want to die in the name of Allah as do the Iranian leadership who are teaching their children to believe in martyrdom and death to Israel and death to America.

Lynn, until all the world peace organizations can come up with a way for all the evil that exists in the world to give up their nuclear weapons in a way that we can verify (forget about trust), I want this country to keep our nuclear arsenal and build back up a strong military. Do you disagree, Lynn?

Surely you don't think that the United States should lead by example and diminish our nuclear stockpiles? To believe that if we "just give peace a chance," the world will see how wonderful it is and put down its arms, is pure folly and potentially lethal.

Demosthenes reminded us, "Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are grim reminders of the devastation that can be wrought by a nuclear war which would be far worse than what occurred 70 years ago. Most countries will understand that and be disinclined to use their weapons, as was the Soviet Union. However, Iran and radical Islam are far different from the West. It is pure evil, and the fact that the leftist doctrine in this country pretend otherwise is a deadly fools errand. Taqiyya is a word best learned by our leaders and very soon.

Remember the 16th century English proverb, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride?" Generally meant to imply that better results will be achieved through actions rather than just "thinkin' and a-prayin', wishin' and a-hopin' and love him and show him that you care" as Dusty Springfield once sang.

That seems to be the philosophy of the pacifist and appeasement crowd. And the philosophy of the left is to hate those who fight evil. That being the United States of America. Just ask Professors Ward Churchill and Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Obama's former Green Jobs czar, Van Jones, just to name a few.

Lynn, until the day that those who just want to "give peace a chance" can figure out how to convince all the evil that exists in the world to buy into that concept, I'll just go on believing in "peace through strength" and believing that this country has been and still is exceptional. Until history, for the first time ever, proves otherwise, I will continue to believe in what Dennis Prager says about our survival — "Warriors make peace and peace activists make war."

America's soul does seem to be in the lost and found. Who will come along to claim it and preserve this great Judeo-Christian nation of ours? Yes I know, words from Aretha Franklin's, "Natural Woman". I just love those 1960s female singers don't you?

Russ Wiles


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Don't include non-recyclable material with your advertising flyers

To The Daily Sun,

(The other day), I received a junk mailing from a Lakes Region business which causes me to write. We receive advertising mailings all the time, and it all ends up in recycling. However, this mailer had a plastic "combination box" attached to it with the instruction to pull out the tab and see if your number matched the winning numbers in the flyer. When the tab is pulled, the number in the "combination box" lights up, indicating a power source is inside.

So what do I do with it? We have recycled as much as possible for years. Even before Gilford had single stream recycling, we'd take our recycling to Laconia. But now, we have no choice. It cannot be recycled. We have throw this into the garbage, and thus the landfill. Perhaps businesses could show a little civic responsibility by not including non-recyclable material with their advertising flyers.

Joel Edinburg


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