U.S. out­rage is a tad hyp­o­crit­i­cal

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor: Let’s be very clear. I do not sup­port North Korea and its bru­tal to­tal­i­tar­ian regime. Democ­racy rules and Canada is a lead­ing ex­am­ple of how to do it right in our tur­bu­lent, di­vi­sive world.

That said, the United States and Rus­sia con­tinue with their nu­clear weapon hypocrisy. Both have nu­clear weapons ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing the earth many times over. If the first salvo doesn’t de­stroy mankind, 10 more should do it. The col­lat­eral dam­age will be ra­dioac­tive pol­lu­tion ev­ery­where. Non-nu­clear coun­tries will not be spared.

So why is North Korea such a nu­clear threat? At best, it could at­tack the United States with a nu­clear arse­nal less than 0.1 per cent of theirs. Any at­tack by North Korea would mean the an­ni­hi­la­tion of their regime and they know this.

China and Rus­sia would be loathe to come to their de­fence and much more amenable to regime change, a wel­come re­lief.

The real threat — the U.S. and Rus­sia have a scary track record for avoid­ing con­flict with other coun­tries and each other. Ten­sions are now height­ened through­out

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