With the recent death of another Black American at the hands of white police officers and the resulting violence, the 1976 statement attributed to Polish General Wojciech Jaruzelski to his Politburo members dur-ing the political upheaval and protests leading the fall of the Communist government that “Polish soldiers will not fire on Polish workers” came to mind.

Perhaps if more of our leaders thought the same, that peaceful protesters were fellow Americans rather than the enemy, things might get better faster.

Col. James Fenner (Ret.)

Lake Oswego