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War: U.S. needs respect, not fear

To quote a famous American: “In the end, America is stronger and the American people are safer when we are respected around the world, not just feared.”

Now think about it. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, an employer or someone just trying to persuade others in pursuit of a particular goal or point of view — aren’t you much more likely to succeed, particularly in the long run, if your child, your students, your employees or the people you’re trying to persuade respect you and what you stand for rather than just fear what you might do to them if they don’t go along with your wishes?

We all know what happens with a bully. Through fear and intimidation, bullies may achieve their goals in the short run. But, in the long run, the little guys don’t forget and tend to want to get even.

Immediately after Sept. 11, the United States had a huge reservoir in the world of sympathy, good will and, yes, even respect. However, there can be little doubt by those who follow the events in the world that respect for America has been greatly and impressively diminished only to be replaced by a rapidly increasing and forboding fear of America — even among people in many countries formerly counted as friends and allies.

Oh, that famous American I quoted: Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts who is running for president, in a speech May 7, 2004.

Al Lunemann,


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