Letter: ‘Fire and fury’ not an option

The High Plains Circle of Non Violence has watched with growing concern, as an escalating war of words has raged between Trump and North Korea, with Trump threatening North Korea with “fire and fury.”

 

We recently visited the office of U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, to acquaint him with “A Freeze For A Freeze,” a compromise which has been proposed by Russia and China, and which North Korea has agreed.

This compromise calls on North Korea to freeze its nuclear program in return for the United States and South Korea ending their joint war games. This agreement has been endorsed by the Korea Peace Network and the High Plains Circle of Non Violence.

In his response, Thornberry has so far ignored “A Freeze For A Freeze,” but said what a threat North Korea presents and that we must make sure our military capability remains “second to none.”

This is ridiculous when our defense spending is already second to none — more than three times that of the second largest spender and greater than that spent by the next six largest spenders.

A study published by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War found that more than two billion people would be killed in a nuclear war using only 100 nuclear weapons. This is as many as would be killed in 25 World War IIs. Regardless of who won, such a death toll is unacceptable.

The only rational response is dialogue and disengagement.

Rusty Tomlinson

Amarillo/High Plains Circle of Non Violence

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