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Letter: Military-related jobs come at high price

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From: Susan Hall Heitzman

North Vernon

Received: Dec. 17

Should we be celebrating that our community will be involved in the development and building of drones or the euphemistically described unmanned aircraft by the “defense” — a.k.a. war — industry? Drones are used to destroy life.

My sense is if the industrial military complex is welcomed in we will see many changes from the outside. And these will espouse by their nature: aggression, anger, murder. Those good-paying jobs will come at a very high price. The ethical and moral cost will be extreme.

Accepting the reality that from the information that is coming at this stage, we’ve probably already been sold out, I suggest all primary parties who are part of this community read the first 50 pages of “Schindler’s List” (the book) for a real take on the armament industry from an historical place. At the end of page 48 of Simon and Schuster’s “Schindler’s List” one reads: “In times like this,” Schindler said, “it must be hard for churches to go on telling people that their Heavenly Father cared about the death of even a single sparrow. He’d hate to be a priest in an era like this, when life did not have the value of a pack of cigarettes.”

His Jewish friend agreed “but suggested, in the spirit of the discussion, that the Biblical reference Herr Schindler had made could be summed up by a Talmudic (Jewish) verse which said that he who saves the life of one man (or woman?) saves the entire world.”

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