The President of the United States is threatening military action against North Korea, and the only response the Koreans have made, is to test a new long-range missile that can reach, potentially, Alaska.
Suppose the U.S. bombs Korea. Their reply could be, to throw a nuclear weapon at Seoul, which is within artillery range of their border.
I would like to join ten thousand people marching through Portland tomorrow, protesting the threat by the United States potentially to begin a war that could kill a million Koreans within hours. I don’t have the power to initiate that action, or anything even similar to it.
All I can do is articulate a reasonable way to address the present situation in Korea. It is to the interests of China, Russia, Japan, and both North and South Korea, that the Korean peninsula be a single country. As a first step toward building confidence in such a nonviolent solution to the unreasonable division of one country, long after the end of the Cold War, I suggest that the United States withdraw all its troops and weapons from South Korea.
South Korea is many times richer than North Korea, can defend itself, and can take its own steps to promote such a unification. The task of the United States in that process should be to join Russia, China, and Japan in facilitating it, not threatening a member of the United Nations with unilateral aggressive military action, such as bombing.
We lost in Vietnam. Afghanistan has lasted for a longer time and is no closer to solution. We are returning to Iraq. Our foreign policy is in shreds. The most likely chance we have for success is to adopt a non-violent, multi-lateral promotion of the best interests of all involved.
All of our attempts, in greater and greater measure, have failed to accomplish our aim of policing the world according to our dictates.
Give peace a chance.