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Peninsula readers' letters:

From Daily News Group readers
Posted: 10/02/2009 10:15:00 PM PDT
Updated: 10/02/2009 10:15:01 PM PDT

A world proliferation of arms

Dear Editor: War is a lucrative business, not just for the little arms dealers in Third World countries but for the biggest arms dealers of all — the governments of the world. The U.S. alone sold $36 billion in weaponry last year, not to mention the billions of dollars of guns, bullets, tanks and other weaponry it gave to its friends and allies.

The manufacture and sale of weapons of various types is a trillion-dollar industry around the world. Imagine what a huge amount that is, and it's all dedicated to the pursuit of violence, destruction, war and death. What a different world it would be if all that money was devoted to food, clothing, shelter and medical care for the poor and needy.

The governments and warriors of the world would say that's impossible nowadays, but the things that are impossible with men are possible with God. Some $2.4 trillion, or 4.4 percent of the global economy, "is dependent on violence," according to the Global Peace Index, referring to "industries that create or manage violence—" the defense industry.

Ted Rudow III,MA

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