Donald Trump said:
"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."
Dear Donald Trump,
Did you think through that statement? The word ‘regime’ (as you call North Korea) does not imply an abstract thing or a physical lump of land. Have you any conception that threatening to ‘totally destroy North Korea’ means actually KILLING millions of people? Millions of men, women and children. Not just obliterating a ‘regime’ (whatever you imagine that to be!).
And, what will North Korea’s response be if you set out to do that?
The same as what you have chosen to do to them.
Yes, we know that North Korea is not the happiest place, with starving and imprisoned (even tortured) people because of its leadership, but do you really think destroying the whole country will benefit those starving, tortured, imprisoned north Koreans? Is killing them all the answer?
It is barely believable that you two men who, on the surface have little more than utter poisonous attitudes and strange haircuts in common, can hold the entire world to ransom with ugly threats. To what end? To justify your childish wishes to be ‘top man’? To entirely annihilate civilisation - to create the end of the world, in other words?
And, guess what, Mr Trump. When the world is blown to smithereens with the help of you and Mr Kim, the outcome will not be you sitting atop an adoring world wearing a gold crown, draped in an American flag, but will most likely be you dead, your family dead and (if there are any) your friends dead.
And your beloved America that you wished to ‘make great again’ will not only not ‘be great’ but will not even be anywhere or anything. Pfft. Pain. Obliteration. A pile of rubble. Nothing.
Think about it.
PS: So good that you are finally taking heed of advisers and are at least pretending to be interested in the devastation caused by recent natural disasters.
And PPS: Stop making the kneeling athletes into something they are not. It’s you, stupid.
Still the same world
It has been nearly two months since I last posted a blog. I was then leaving on a trip overseas and had made a firm decision to become (for the next month or so, at least) a ‘Liberosist’ – a person who desires to care less about things.
And I did so.
During the next month or so I watched no television at all, I read no newspapers and I only glanced a few times at Face Book or Twitter…(true!).
Over this time, I discovered that Singapore remains the fascinating place I had found it previously to be and I maintained my decision to not eat at high-class restaurants but to find places where the locals ate - and enjoy the fabulous food. I discovered the breakfast delight of Kaya Toast and am now on a mission to find an Asian grocery store where coconut jam is sold, so that I might make my home version of this delicious treat.
I found that Agean Air have just about the most uncomfortable airline seats ever.
And despite the lovely friendliness of Greek people and their delicious food (there I go again), parts of poor old Athens look decidedly down-at-heel and the air pollution (due to lack of trees, I’m told) is horrific.
In UK, I discovered how delightful a tiny granddaughter could be and nearly wore out a pair of shoes experiencing and appreciating the beauty of The Cotswolds during one of England’s most pleasant summers ever.
Having now returned to Australia, I am trying not to be too involved in television news but, even the fact that Donald Trump is still in the White House, let alone sabre rattling with North Korea is a depressing fact indeed.
Floods in many parts of the world are proving fatal for thousands, while still many in power refuse to acknowledge climate change as the truly awful future we are facing.
There is genocide of the Myanmar Rohingya people happening as we watch helplessly, it seems.
Not a happy world to enter back into.
Added to this, on a personal level, I have just returned from a week interstate due to a bereavement, involving the death of my brother-in-law, whom I had known for almost all my life. He was so loved and will be sorely missed.
About the only bright spot on my return from overseas was to find a helpful and lovely comment (on a blog posted way back in September last year) when I had written on the subject of ‘Our Better Angels’. Thank you Nigel Harrison, I appreciated your comments.
And, now, I am trying to return to some sort of normalcy, after flying to the other side of the world and back and spending precious time with my UK family.
But please someone tell me that our politicians have gained some decency in the last months.
And, how much longer does the world (no longer just USA) have to tolerate Donald Trump?
Some good news, please!
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