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Published on Monday, June 10, 2002
 
Ari the Evader by Russell Mokhiber...
 
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White House Press Briefing with Ari Fleischer
 
 
Monday, June 10, 2002 1:45 PM
 
 
by Russell Mokhiber
 
     
 

Mokhiber: Ari, Albert Einstein once wrote this: "We must begin to inoculate our children against militarism by educating them in the spirit of pacifism." I got that quote from I'd Rather Teach Peace -- a book by Colman McCarthy, the former Washington Post reporter. I was wondering if the President agrees with Colman McCarthy that we should take a portion of the $700 million we spend every day on the military and teach kids peace, pacifism and non-violence?

Ari Fleischer: I think if you asked the President that question, he would tell you that much of what the United States government does is aimed at peace and the avoidance of violence. Our diplomacy is another form of it. The fact that we have a military is done to prevent violence from taking place. It is only when our nation -- when we run out of any alternatives -- that our nation engages in the protection of its citizens through the use of military force. As a result of what happened on September 11, our nation did what our nation had no choice but to do, which is to protect this country and to bring justice to the people who attacked us.

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White House reporter Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter - www.corporatecrimereporter.com. He co-authors the weekly Focus on the Corporation column with Robert Weissman which Common Dreams publishes. He can be reached at: russell@nationalpress.com

 

 
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