- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, reportedly led the charge as peace activists revolted over President Obama’s speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize (“Left rankled over Obama war remarks,” Page 1, Sunday).

Peace activists revolt for many reasons. They arrogantly think they speak for “average” Americans. They foolishly think they are the only people who hate war. They parade along the streets - safely, thanks to the strength of the United States. They rally not for peace, but for surrender. If they wanted peace, they would be marching in Baghdad, Kabul or Tehran. They honestly think that to leave the Middle East to the Taliban and al Qaeda would secure peace.

Mr. Kucinich chastises President Obama for his remarks in Oslo. The president made some sense of the situation, and he rightfully admitted that he had done nothing to win the award. Mr. Kucinich’s solution is to withdraw - withdraw from Iraq, withdraw from Afghanistan, withdraw from the world. He would have us sit and wait for the barbarians at the gates.

Sadly, Mr. Kucinich offers neither reasons nor solutions other than, in effect, saying, “I said it is right.” Hubris rules the world of the man who destroyed Cleveland as its former mayor. Mr. Kucinich is a modern-day Neville Chamberlain, chanting “Peace in our time” just as time is running out.

George Washington said it best: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective ways of preserving peace.” I’d vote for Washington over Mr. Kucinich. A small mind with a big mouth is more dangerous than any war.

WILSON FARIS

Gaithersburg

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