The Peace Alliance was formed a year after the United States invaded Iraq. This is a grassroots effot to encourage the federal government to develop a Cabinet-level Department of Peace with the stated purpose being:
Domestically, the Department of Peace will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal discord. Internationally, the Department will advise the President and Congress on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation among nations.
Personally I support such an effort because I no longer believe waging wars solves many problems. I decided to write his post because we are being bombarded with a political ad that makes fun of this effort. The jab is aimed at Democrat Mark Udall who is running to replace one of Time’s 5 worst Senators, Republican Wayne Allard. Is making fun of peacemaking efforts a winning strategy? Are moderates likely to find this appealing?
As Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, “An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind.”