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A Sane Solution To The Korean Nuclear Crisis

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The American people and our allies and other nations, must impress upon this administration that their will alone will not change the course of North Korea. North Korea will not bow to the dictates of the United States. In my opinion, they would rather face the military might of America than let America force its will upon them. (Much like the ancient Greeks stood up to Persia before the Peloponnese war) When Trump says that if China can't stop North Korea that we will "solve the problem. This means that he in fact, is claiming that the United States is the arbiter of everything that happens on the planet. The mature decision would be to bring in Russia and other nations to demand that North Korea stop this foolish enterprise that they are embarking on. This may be an appropriate time to also talk about the nuclear militarization of Pakistan, India and Israel. China, Russia and the United States must impress upon North Korea that it is imperative that they give up their nuclear weapons program.

The maximum that says, "you can't get something for nothing" applies here. North Korea is not going to give up its nuclear weapons program unless it gets something in return. Since the United States, Russia and China have allowed them to come this far is really a statement of how ineffective the United Nations is in keeping weapons of mass destruction away from dictatorships that are apt to use them. In effect, we all are responsible for North Korea's nuclear program, that means every nation that sits or has ever sat on the Security Council. Since North Korea is desperately poor with no important trading partners besides China, opening that country up to trade with the rest of the world would be a start. Because we don't particularly like their government, doesn't mean that we have the power to isolate them from the rest of the world. One reason North Korea is called the "hermit Kingdom" is because sanctions have made it that way. Letting them have the means to cause World War III is so disastrous that even large concessions must be made to stop this madness. Letting North Korea have nuclear weapons and the power to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles is akin to letting a five-year-old play with that assault rifle.

Look, the United States supports dictatorships that are just as repressive as North Korea's because they satisfy American desires and policy. It would satisfy American desires and policy to have North Korea renounce its nuclear weapons program. Arming dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar is proof that America really doesn't care if a nation is a dictatorship or not. If we can supply weapons and do business dealings in these countries, we can do the same with North Korea. Let them join the rest of the world community and bring them up to par with their neighbors South Korea Japan, and China. The very fact that North Korea has been ostracized from dealing with the rest of the world should make us reconsider why they developed nuclear weapons in the first place. Our animosity towards North Korea stemming from the Korean War should be tempered, as it happened a long time ago and really doesn't add anything to the situation of the world today. Americans need to bring this to the attention of their government before they make a disastrous mistake that could have dark consequences for the entire world.

Maybe, if everyone reading this article could email it this article to President Trump just tweet it, we could change the direct action of this crisis and maybe even the way we conduct ourselves in the future. Still, I'm not holding my breath.

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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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