This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

The price of war

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California tweeted on Jan. 5, “While Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office, the president is focused on removing terrorists from the face of the earth.” How did it become the responsibility of the U.S. president to remove terrorists from the face of the earth? More than 50 years ago, didn’t Martin Luther King Jr. declare the U.S. military a terrorist organization when he identified his own government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world”? If that is incomprehensible to us, it is not unthinkable to others.

Given the U.S. military budget of $738 billion, is it any wonder the actions of the Pentagon and CIA end up displacing diplomacy and creating international crises?

Members of Congress who voted to spend half the U.S. budget to fight endless wars, bomb extrajudicially and put God’s creation at risk are not in a position to tell us we cannot address the climate crisis or afford health care for all.

Has the time come for taxpayers to tell the government what they will and won’t pay for?

Harold A. Penner
Akron, Pa.

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