For three years we've been trying to get your attention for our peaceful protest of the Air Force Association's Convention and Weapons Display at the Sheraton-Washington Hotel.

Finally this year, we got a little press -- a whimsical walking tour through one of this country's largest arms bazaars {"The Defense Supermarket," Style, Sept. 20}. Forgive us for being ingrates, but given the result, we would have preferred that you never came.

Your reporter, Marjorie Williams, gave the impression that only one angry ("almost addled by her fury") woman protested at the convention. In fact, hundreds came to pass out leaflets, hold banners and even bang pots and pans. True, the article did not cheerlead for the Air Force, but neither did it raise vital questions concerning the business-as-usual of weapons manufacturers. With the Cold War over, we need an informed look at the weapons business, not the uninformed cynicism Williams offered.

At the end of the article, Williams quoted an AFA member as saying "as soon as there's peace, they forget Pearl Harbor, they forget the Alamo, they forget everything." We do not forget these events, but neither do we forget the sinking of the Maine and the Gulf of Tonkin, incidents used by presidents and propagandists to foment war. Neither do we forget the words of William Randolph Hearst: "You give me the pictures, and I'll give you the war." We refuse to play dead while the war-manufacturers manufacture more wars. The least you should do is not play into their agenda. -- Joseph Byrne The writer is a member of the Disarm Bazaar Coalition.