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Obama, King and politics of peace: Column | Peter Heltzel, USA Today

In our post-9/11 era, there has been a dramatic expansion of the notion of war.

In President Obama’s second term, he has a decision to make. Will he continue a politics of militarism or work toward a politics of peace?

By taking the oath of office on the same Bible that Martin Luther King Jr. traveled with, Obama has the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of giants — those moral heroes who led our nation with stouthearted courage in moments of crisis. King, whose life we celebrate Monday, is one of those giants. He lost his life on April 4, 1968, fighting for living wages for sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn.

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