I mentioned in the last blog entry that I talked to a couple classes at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. The classes revolved around a Christian response to our global society. One of the classes is taught by professor Michael Griffin, who is also an associate editor for the magazine Sign of Peace. He is a tremendous advocate for non-violence, and is the type of person we would recruit for the U.S. Department of Peace that our administration would propose… I turned professor Griffin’s class into sort of a ‘town hall meeting,’ and it got pretty lively. The students were quite vocal about the environment, health care, the economy, war… One student, Dan Hatfield, said that “…if we fought a war on poverty, there wouldn’t be a war on terrorism.” We have often said that our administration would propose using a lot of current military hardware (cargo planes, ships, etc…), to deliver much more humanitarian aid worldwide. As an example: When you think about it, a percentage of youth caught in dead end inner city poverty in this country often join: gangs. A percentage of youth in dead end Third World poverty join: terrorist cells. If we were as proactive as possible about building the kind of peace Mr. Hatfield proposes, there would be a whole lot less hot spots around the globe. Note: For a time, professor Griffin was the managing editor of Signs of Peace. In a 2005 edition he helped publish, it was noted that a Catholic Worker Peace Team traveled to Darfur, Sudan, to distribute some $17,000 in humanitarian aid. We propose that start happening exponentially in that country to help stop the genocide.