Regarding “In an arms race, there are no winners,” (July 16) Andrew Fiala suggests all the world needs is more “education, dialogue and mutual understanding” to finally be able to lay down our arms and embrace each other in brotherly love. While this might make for a nice John Lennon lyric, reality is quite another, less endearing matter.
Humans will always take advantage of weakness, whether you’re talking about Kim Jong Un, Osama Bin Laden, or some murderer on the street. Defense from violence or threat of violence, having better weapons or a “stronger shield,” is unfortunately the only workable solution in the world of today.
Such idealism of “communal feeling” as stated in the article is a noble goal, certainly, but perhaps best left to kumbaya songs around the campfire.
Glen Cipriani, Madera