Steps Toward Peace and Stability?

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 22, 2004

To the editor,
   Neither President Bush nor Senator Kerry has articulated a plan to bring peace and stability to a world torn apart by religious fanaticism, ideological hubris, military aggression, and megalomaniacal politicians.
   While the following suggestions obviously do not represent a panacea, I believe their implementation will at least start to move us toward some small measure of the peace and stability all people of goodwill crave.
   1) Disband the puppet Iraqi government and return the Baathists to power, permitting those secular Baathists to rid Iraq of Islamic jihadists, just as they so effectively did before the U.S. invasion.
   2) Apologize for the bloody invasion and for giving the Baathists confused diplomatic signals that led them to invade Kuwait in the first place.
   3) Encourage a return to Saddam’s policy of paying the families of martyred Palestinian nationalists $25,000. This will at least begin to narrow the fairness gap in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
   4) Bring the troops home from Iraq and start concentrating on destroying al Qaeda, the group actually responsible for the 9/11 attack.
   5) Start acting as an honest broker to get Israel out of Palestinian territory and force an honorable peace.
   6) Quit beating up on secularist Yasir Arafat, chosen leader of the Palestinian people, before Islamic jihadists step in to take his place.
   7) Stop confusing nationalist movements in the Middle East and elsewhere with Islamic jihadism. This is driving the nationalists into the arms of the jihadists.
   8) Pressure Vladimir Putin to accede to Chechen nationalist demands before that movement is completely taken over by Islamic extremists.
   9) Stop acting on the advice of those directing U.S. foreign policy away from the timeless principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution and toward irrational American hegemony over other nations; this illegitimate use of American power has much to do with our problems in the world.
Mike Berry
Spring Branch
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