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May 2 Readers' letters
From Mercury News readers
Imagine what a different world it would be if the United States and other nations took the trillion dollars they now spend every year on arms and armies and spent it on food, shelter, health, education and programs that bring life and well-being, rather than death and devastation.
Cutting down on war and weaponry would be a great stimulus package, not only for the economy but for peace. It's not going to happen in the United States anytime soon, of course. The weapons makers and the military are just too powerful, and if the president and lawmakers were to try to cut back on military spending, there'd be howls of protest that the United States is going soft.
Americans have never been very interested in history, and it seems it's destined to repeat the mistakes that other great nations have made.
Ted Rudow III,MA