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Mark R. Jacobson, Richville, Minn., Published June 17 2012

Our militant culture shares much of the blame

If John P. Calvert (Take lesson from EU’s ‘diversity,’ Forum, June 3) was a member of the Lakota/Nakota/Dakota people 200 years ago, would he be publicly lamenting the accommodation of whites and their foreign culture imposed upon the (fighting) Sioux?

Our militant culture rejects the influence and accommodation of outsiders, yet imposes our will upon whomever we please. (Just ask the Iraqis or anybody born and raised on an Indian reservation.)

The small matter of the nickname of the University of North Dakota (which I graduated from in 1981) dominates the papers; the influence and violence of a few Muslims does, as well, but our own violence and murderous approach to foreign relations continues unabated in the face of widespread poverty of women and children in Iraq and the similar poverty on many Indian reservations.

If we wanted the nickname, maybe we should have done something about the poverty. If we wanted peace with Islam, perhaps we shouldn’t have invaded and destroyed Iraq. Our problems are our own fault – that military force is an acceptable way of life, that it is useful in any way, is the big lie. (And besides, it costs us trillions of dollars.)