First Donald Trump, inexplicably in the ill-fitting role of the President of the United States of America, threatens to go totally criminal, to “totally destroy” North Korea. This violates international laws to which past U.S. presidents have signed and far better U.S. Senates have ratified. Killing civilians. Shooting rockets into cities. Committing genocide. All totally immoral and illegal.
Then the Spoiled Brat Ruler of North Korea responds: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”
How, how on God’s green Earth could humankind have permitted us to be in this untenable position, with aged boys taunting and reviling each other, manchild specimens whose only actual achievements were being born sons of powerful men?
The tween in his dotage in the U.S. is far older, but no wiser, just a sad blustering narcissist seemingly utterly unaware of just what a pathetic cheap fool he is.
The twerp in North Korea earned nothing, son of a son of a brutal ruler, as endowed with a human conscience as, say, Uday Hussein or Curtis LeMay.
These are two poor excuses for humans, clearly addled by their upbringings and the forbearance shown them even when their behavior is kindergarten immature, even when testosterone, greed, gluttony and power over others corrupts all their actions.
And, dammit, they both have nuclear arsenals.
Seriously, humankind, what are we going to do? Even Nixon, as maniacal as he was, visited Leonid Brezhnev and gave him a Cadillac. He really thought better about starting an atomic slugfest.
Not Trump, referred to by many nowadays as ONE (Our National Embarrassment). How many North Koreans have participated in terror acts against the U.S.? How many times has North Korea conducted war games just off the coast of the U.S.? How many times has North Korea attacked U.S. soil?
Oh, that’s right. Zero.
How many times has the U.S. conducted intimidating war games all around the northern half of the Korean Peninsula? How many North Korean civilians were slaughtered mercilessly by the U.S. military in the 1950-’53 bloodletting, in attacks on North Korean cities, towns, and villages? Just sayin’.
If we would prefer to avoid a nuclear war, if we would rather not have a few U.S. cities immolated and Far East Asia burned down, the U.S. and North Korean peoples need to swing into action, and, as we live in a putative democracy in the U.S., our duty is even more clear than that of North Koreans.
Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice Director.