Washington: Give Peace an Institute

Give Peace an Institute

Dreams of a peace academy are almost as old as the nation. In 1793, Astronomer Benjamin Banneker bemoaned the four-year-old Constitution's failure to create an agency to check and balance the Department of War. Banneker's noble if somewhat woolly ambition lingered through two World Wars, Korea and Viet Nam: between 1 955 and 1968 alone, 85 different bills in support of a peace academy entered Congress, only to languish there. It was therefore somewhat of a surprise last week when after a long night of haggling over a $297 billion military authorization bill, members of a...

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