Column: By alleviating insecurity about violence, nations can find peace




A rapid succession of disturbing world events has made this summer full of stress and worry.

Russia’s invasion of Crimea in the Ukraine began in the summer, followed by the frightening and deadly advance of ISIS into Iraq, the flood of immigrants crossing our borders, the invasion of Gaza by the Israelis, and, more recently, the shooting down of a commercial airliner by Russian separatists. Many of us wince when those dreaded words “breaking news” appear on our TV screens or the Internet.

Yet not all is darkness. Yes, the world is frightening right now, but we have been given light to understand both how we got into and how we can get out of this mess. For me, one of the most important sources of light radiates from the mind of the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

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