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The Blue Angels are simply amazing, pointing to the best of our American culture: artistic 3-D painting on the vast panorama, from right over our heads to disappearing into the clouds; precision group collaboration and daring individual performance; sharp intellect and rigorous discipline; huge financial investment over decades; pleasing an adoring crowd.

Meanwhile, I wonder how most people in the world feel when these war machines roar toward them. Military strength can serve peace if we act wisely, or can kill as remote collateral cost.

I am surprised that progressive King County folks enjoy adding more smoke, in however interesting patterns, to a polluted world. My Chihuahuas couldn’t tolerate the roars. Should we?

Would Americans invest as intensely, and celebrate as enthusiastically, in people working for peace in our community and around the world, as much as we enjoy our war machines?

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Lê X. Hy, Mercer Island