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War and peace

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Pass in Review celebrates and memorializes the legacy of ROTC at Notre Dame. We, the co-presidents of the Notre Dame Peace Fellowship (NDPF), would like to personally acknowledge the dedication, hard work and courage of our ROTC cadets and officers.

As you may know, NDPF has a history of protesting the annual Pass in Review. Although we take issue with this current war and look to the traditions of non-violence and Just War as guides, our club is not organizing a protest this year. We wish to both show our respect and build bridges of communication. We recognize that we are all working toward the same goal of an increase of peace and justice, and often within the same Christian framework.

This day let us commit to understanding each other’s common goals and aspirations for a more peaceful world. Division and stereotyping only alienates and offends. We likely agree that in order to make peace in the world, we first have to make peace among ourselves. Last semester, you may have attended a few dialogues between NDPF and ROTC. They will start up again in the fall, providing us all with an opportunity to understand each other’s ideologies and collaborate in an effort to find common ground. We look forward to dialoguing with you next semester.

Clare Feeneysophomoreoff-campusApril 25