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Defense Conversion Plans Not as Flawed as the Short-Sighted Arguments Against Them

March 11, 1990

The question I wondered after reading Weidenbaum is: Can we afford peace? If war, perchance, becomes obsolete and America is armed to the teeth, will we become obsolete? Or, as in Japan during the restoration of the emperor that caused massive unemployment for the warrior class that led to Pearl Harbor, will we have to use this war machine somewhere somehow to justify it? Do we control it or does it control us?

As for me, I am content with what total peace will bring! The risks are worth it.

DANIEL T. DEVINE

Los Angeles

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