Pre­pare for the worst

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Af­ter watch­ing the docu-drama 13 Days about the Cuban mis­sile cri­sis of 1962, I’ve been think­ing about North Korea and its reck­less in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests.

With North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un de­vel­op­ing re­li­able nu­cle­artipped war­heads able to strike the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. and its al­lies with­out mercy, the ma­jor­ity of U.S. cit­i­zens seem un­con­cerned by the grav­ity of such a threat from an un­sta­ble na­tion.

I be­lieve North Korea could be the cat­a­lyst which starts World War III. Not to alarm any­one—these mis­siles could strike nu­mer­ous cities, each un­leash­ing the power of 100 Hiroshima-type bombs, caus­ing ter­ror of apoc­a­lyp­tic prophecy.

With in­tense trep­i­da­tion we have learned very lit­tle in the last 50 years. I rec­om­mend as a good sum­mer read­ing Hiroshima by John Hersey, To­mor­row! by Philip Wylie, Alas, Baby­lon by Pat Frank, and On the Beach by Nevil Shute.

Pray for the best but pre­pare for the worst. Re­mem­ber Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, with the A-bomb­ing of Hiroshima and Na­gasaki, Japan.

Are we the in­tel­li­gent species we think we are? If so, why haven’t we solved the com­plex prob­lems we now face—with ex­tinc­tion be­ing at the top of the list?

TOM KNIGHT Lit­tle Rock

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