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Letter: UN peacekeepers are needed in the U.S.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visit a memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Offering sympathy but no easy answers, Obama came to Orlando to try to console those mourning the deadliest shooting in modern U.S history. Photo Credit: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Only a few weeks ago, it was the latest massacre-of-the-month that screamed across the headlines [“Terror strikes a nightclub,” News, June 13]. Now it’s police gunning down innocent citizens, and criminals assassinating police officers. All this within the context of what has been, for more than a generation, the most violent society in the developed world.

We need to consider having United Nations peacekeeping forces patrol the streets of some U.S. cities the way they do in other countries. The culture of guns, gangs, drugs and rioting is too deeply ingrained in many urban communities. The culture of corruption, brutality, racism and entitlement is too deeply ingrained in many law enforcement agencies.

Many people would say that UN peacekeeping forces would compromise U.S. sovereignty. But have Americans not already lost all control of their country?

Paul Manton, Levittown

 

Masked anti-facist protestors, swooping down and attacking neo-Nazis has an oxymoronic ring to it [“What’s lost in attacks on one another,” Opinion, June 29]. It doesn’t matter who cast the first stone.

Extremism and anger are often born of disaffection with a system perceived to serve members only. The problem arises when those who believe themselves to be nonmembers attempt to tear down the system by any means necessary under the guise of building a better world. History has shown that to be an unsuccessful strategy. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, we would be better off figuring out how to equally share the blessings, not the miseries.

Edward Weinert, Melville

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