The author of “Time to redirect money from military to different key causes” (Sept. 4 REVIEW Viewpoint by Judy Plank) takes a very simplistic view regarding a complex subject.

It would be nice, and we’d save a ton of money, if all the world’s countries would just get along with each other.

That doesn’t seem to be happening. There are folks who want the American way of life without contributing to it. They want to take their share of the world’s goods, rather than work hard, raise their own standard of living and devote the necessary resources to the tasks at hand.

It’s not a perfect world by any means.

The way the world has gone for thousands of years has always included some type of war or another.

No one wants a war on their own soil, and to keep that from happening here, large amounts of money, manpower and material need to be utilized.

As the richest nation on the planet, and the destination point of those seeking a life of freedom and the pursuit of dreams, the United States is both a friend to many, and an enemy to some.

We have a moral imperative to protect the weak, and maintain a position of strength. Otherwise the robbers, looters and pillagers of the world will do all in their power to take us down.

To Judy Plank I say, “Freedom isn’t free!” The attacks of 9/11/2001 are a witness to that.

Cutting the U.S. military budget makes about as much sense as defunding the police. Crime rises, and citizens are less safe. Witness Los Angeles and New York City. In the Bible, the Book of Joel, Chapter 3, verse 10 notes: “Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears, Let the weak say, ‘I am strong’”

America has a rich history of fighting for the rights of the underdog. Don’t kid yourself, those who rise up against America are strong, dedicated and ruthless. They are also well-funded.

The church in which I was raised has always held that there is such a thing as a “just” war — see the writings of St. Augustine, and those of St. Thomas Aquinas.

In 1993, the U.S. Catholic Conference declared: “Force may be used only to correct a grave, public evil, i.e., aggression or massive violation of the basic human rights of whole populations.”

In my book, the actions of those who commandeered the four jetliners on 9/11/01, justify our last 20 years of military action in Iraq/Afghanistan and beyond.

Bill Kersting,