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Negotiations are Needed to Avert Nuclear War
by Ovi Magazine Guest
2018-01-25 10:41:11
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Negotiations are Needed to Avert Nuclear War
George Cassidy Payne

My greatest fear right now is that the situation within the White House will continue to unravel, including more racist tirades, inner circle defections, embarrassing personal revelations, policy implosions, and government shutdowns. Feeling like he has no other choice but to attack North Korea as an opportunity to change the narrative engulfing his drowning administration, the president will galvanize his hardcore supporters around a major international conflict.

nuk01_400_01If there is a conventional nuclear war with North Korea- or the use of a major electronic weapon in the atmosphere over a massive population zone- every nation will be at risk, not just the two main combatants. Every coastal city will be threatened. Every island will be under siege. Every wilderness area will be attacked. There will be no place to hide. There will be no escape route. The world itself will be a trap; one that consists of toxic gases, omnipresent radiation, panic, disease, and far worse. It will be hell on earth.

Fortunately there is still time to stop this ecocide. In the words of John F. Kennedy: "We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future."

More than anything, we must remember our shared humanity. We all inhabit the same earth. We all rely on the same drinking water. We all breath the same air. We all need the food from the soil. We all need birds and sunlight. We all need companionship and love. There is so little that separates us. As Kennedy said about the Soviet Union in 1963: “We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counterweapons."

Let’s put a stop to this madness. The time for talks with North Korea is now. The world needs President Trump to do the right thing. There is no turning back from peace. There is no retreat from solving this conflict through negotiation. If the president is not capable of rising to the occasion, the world must act for him.


George Cassidy Payne is a freelance writer, domestic violence counselor, adjunct professor of philosophy, and social justice activist from Rochester, NY.

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