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Peace Dividend

April 29, 1990

Congress is making a big issue of the "peace dividend."

However, there is a parallel between Shakespeare ("Merchant of Venice") whose character, Portia said: "Take ye your pound of flesh but take ye not one drop of blood" and congressmen who say: "Cut billions from the defense budget but cut not one dollar from my district." Until we can overcome this provincialism, there will not be a meaningful peace dividend.

GARY A. ROBB

Los Angeles

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