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THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY THAN WAR

Patrick Buchanan's column, "Bush Sends Us Careening Into Unnecessary War" speaks for millions of Americans.

The President's new troop deployment has painted us into a corner. "What vital interest of ours is threatened by Iraq's control of Kuwait?" asks Buchanan. "Why is this our war?"

Secretary of State Baker now says it is for "jobs." Tens of thousands of American military killed and the Middle East disrupted for centuries, all for cheap oil and "jobs"? This whole matter should be debated in full by the Congress.

The Roman Catholic bishops have issued a strong statement against the war. Ten thousand clergy of the United Church of Christ are being asked to sign this statement:

"Mr. President, do not go to war with Iraq. We as clergy of the United Church of Christ call on you to work through the United Nations and with other nations for a just and peaceful resolution of this crisis."

There must be a better way than war.

Why not a general conference on Middle East problems, led by the Arab nations and the United Nations? Why not try it?

CARL A. VIEHE
Buffalo

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