As I read him Obama is a compassionate person trying to bring us global peace in the face of major threats — near and in the future. There are mad ideologies at work that are best exemplified by such things as suicide bombings and the threat to use nuclear weapons. Manifestly a good proportion of humans are dangerous psychopaths who as a last resort will even commit suicide, taking as many of their own with them as they can. Remember Hitler’s last days in his bunker with some of his key team members?

Obama’s job will be a challenging one. There is no simple recipe for persuading an abundance of dictators, racists, bigots to move towards peace. Power instincts overrun even manifest self-interest.

What a time to be president of the U.S.!!!!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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