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This country is addicted to war

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I beg to differ with the gentle writer who recently chided the pacifists for demonstrating and said that although no one wants war it is sometimes necessary (Cleona Duncan, Reader Input, Sept. 26). The United States of America is addicted to war. The names of some of the most powerful promoters of war are Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Electric and the media interests they own. More than 100,000 companies feed at the Pentagon trough. Our government has spent more on the military in the last four decades than the value of all the factories, machinery, roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, airports, railroads, power plants, office buildings, shopping centers, schools, hospitals, hotels, houses, etc. in this country put together. It adds up to more than the cumulative monetary value of all human-made wealth in the U.S. We have so depleted ourselves by war that we cannot take care of the basic needs of our citizens. We need more pacifists out there demonstrating. Paul Comiskey, Newcastle