Trump goes too far
It’s OK for Michael Graham to engage in name-calling and bombast in his commentary (“Donald Trump takes the gloves off,” Sept. 21). Juvenile perhaps, and simplistic, but it’s his right.
But it’s not OK for the U.S. president to threaten to destroy another country from the podium at the U.N., or to tweet off-hand comments like “they won’t be around much longer” in reference to foreign leaders. That’s reckless. And we can see the results: North Korea now maintains the president’s words constituted a declaration of war and gives it the right to down U.S. aircraft.
Now I’m not saying that’s likely to happen, but this escalating war of words only moves us closer to the kind of miscalculation or confrontation no one wants. And it serves to heighten Kim Jong Un’s stature as he goes tit-for-tat with the American president.
But one thing Graham was right about: The heightened tensions do raise a question of morality. There are millions of lives at stake here, American as well as Korean. We should think about that very carefully. — Jerry Ross, Chelmsford