Let's create a Secretary of Peace as recommended by Martin Gregory (Forum Jan. 3) and swap the budgets of the Department of Defense with the Peace Corps. Let's bring our troops home, convert them into an army of developers and constructors, and send them back into the world to help others. Then the next time a tragedy like the tsunami occurs, we'll have the resources to provide immediate support. We could call it Awe Inspiring Help instead of Shock and Awe. Who knows, we might already have installed a tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean.
Let's announce to the rest of the world that we forsake violence and that we now solve problems with fair, balanced diplomacy. Let's really live by the Judeo-Christian values of which our citizens are so proud. You remember - the Prince of Peace, "Love thine enemy," "Thou shall not kill," the Golden Rule.
Salt Lake City