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Editorial: Away from War

El Diario/La Prensa, Editorial, Staff Posted: Sep 11, 2008

Editor's Note: An editorial in New York's Spanish-language daily El Diario/La Prensa calls for a new policy of national security and foreign policy that is not based on war.

NEW YORK -- In the Sept. 11 attacks, nearly 3,000 people were killed, among them many Latinos. They were workers, firefighters, and police officers. Most of all, they were husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, and sons and daughterswith families and friends that continue to miss and cherish them.

The memorial ceremony today is also a remembrance of the Latino military personnel both citizens and noncitizenswho have sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Because of those we have lost and because of the sons and daughters we want to protect, there remains an urgency for ushering a new and evolved framing of national security, international relations and foreign policy.

So far, what we are hearing from Senator John McCain and the Republican Party does not raise that prospect. We have heard emphasis on success being hinged on a military front. McCain has delivered old, status quo takes on victory being a matter of outlasting pressure from enemies and critics.
And while McCain has on occasion bucked his party, there is, as national security expert Lorelei Kelly puts it, a politically powerful constituency that will keep him manacled to the past.

That past is a willingness and ease to use military force as a solution. Yet, what we should be learning from Iraq and Afghanistan is the limitations of force. Both the Iraq Study Group and General David Petraeus have recognized this.

McCains simplistic take on the troop surge in Iraq undercuts the preceding and critical changes in strategy and dynamics on the groundfor example, the negotiations with insurgentsthat have improved a still precarious situation there.

Our troops should be supported and the best way of doing that is by redefining what strength, success and victory mean. There is plenty of honor in that.

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