Letter published in Monterey Herald, August 2
Your editorial about North Korea–along with the many statements of hawkish politicians beating the war drums–is both absurd and dangerous. North Korea has no desire to attack us. They may be evil and cruel but I doubt they are suicidal. Were they to launch a nuclear missile in our direction, their entire country would be obliterated. And they know it.
The only reason North Korea has nuclear weapons is to protect themselves from American invasion. Without nuclear arms they know they would quickly suffer the same fate as countries like Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq.
Let’s dial down the fear and paranoia before we get into another unnecessary war. I long for the days when President John F. Kennedy could say, “The world knows that America will never start a war.”