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Opinion | NICHOLAS BURNS

Why isn’t peace on anyone’s platform?

IS THE word “peace’’ disappearing from our national conversation? Armies of talking heads, bloggers, and op-ed opinionators assault us daily on every subject . . . but rarely on peace. When was the last time we heard a national leader of either party, especially one running for president, put the goal of peace at the center of a political platform or place it among our highest national aspirations?

Remarkably, the goal of peace does not appear prominently on the websites of any of the Republicans running for president. Nor is it a central issue in the New Hampshire and Iowa campaigns. To his credit, President Obama has spoken about peace during his time in office - but used the bulk of his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to explain why force is sometimes necessary.

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