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Dr. Dennis

By John McCaslin

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A familiar refrain is that President Bush’s response to threats from foreign powers is wholly inadequate. An alternative?

Just for fun, let’s say that one of the more successful (in terms of staying power) 2004 Democratic presidential candidates, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, had won the election. Where might we be today?

Late last week, Kucinich hardly made news (we think we have the scoop here) with this foreign policy proposal for dealing with America’s enemies: “We prepare for war so grandly; let us prepare for peace grandly by looking fearlessly and deep into the hearts of those who wish us harm, and find that spark of recognition that connects us to a common humanity and from that draw a flicker of hope to enkindle the warm glow of peace.

“After 9/11, we asked, ‘Why do they hate us?’ Isn’t it time for us to ask, ‘Why do we hate them?’

“Do we think about what hate does to our own hearts? Isn’t it time to put on the invincible armor of human compassion to explore human relations as the science of the human heart, in which we always have the capacity through courage, communication, patience and understanding to turn hate into love, and to beat our swords into plowshares.”

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