HE’D KILL US ALL

North Korea’s young dictator Kim Jong-un is a murderer. He has no compunction about killing anybody he considers a threat, even young children.

According to The New York Times, “Since taking power, Mr. Kim has executed more than 140 senior party and military officials deemed a threat to his authority.”

In December 2013, he executed his uncle and former mentor, Jang Song-thaek, and all his uncle’s blood relatives, including young grandchildren.

Earlier this year he murdered his half-brother Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia.

He is so used to killing people, what’s to prevent him from killing the rest of us?

President Trump is like a stupid kid goading a deadly poisonous snake, not realizing or caring that this particular snake could kill all of us.

~  CLIVE LEEMAN

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INCREASE FOREIGN AID

Our president recently made it clear to the world that the United States would step back from the position of global leadership that it has maintained for years. This move diminishes our ability to face the threat of terrorism. To remedy potential threats and secure a more peaceful society for ourselves and our vulnerable Muslim allies, the United States must increase the international budget to developing nations to counteract the instability that fuels transnational terrorism.

“If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition,” stated Secretary of Defense James Mattis. International leadership in the realm of development has proven to be an effective manner of combating transnational terrorism. Lebanon, for example, has received large sums of foreign aid since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. The small country of 6 million, which underwent civil war between Christian and Muslim religious groups during the ’90s, currently holds 1 million refugees. As US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth H. Richard puts it, “The fact that the situation in Lebanon hasn’t resulted in serious instability as a result of the refugee crisis is due in large part to the efforts of the international community to help Lebanon meet this challenge.”

Foreign aid has assured that the massive strain endured by Lebanon may be borne and that the threat from terrorism and religious violence in this country be eliminated.

If we wish to relieve the threat we face from transnational terrorism and build a positive relationship with Muslim countries we must step up in the global arena and increase foreign aid to help these developing countries that suffer the conditions that breed such awful phenomena. I urge that we contact our federal representatives to increase the international affairs budget.

~ MATTHEW TEASDALE

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UNSTOPPABLE MOVEMENT 

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 being awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) draws attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and the global movement to abolish these weapons as the only reliable way to guarantee that they will never be used again. The award brings the reality of these consequences front and center to the world stage. The nuclear armed states with their addiction to nuclear weapons due to their misguided false sense of security in having these weapons, and their refusal to proceed further with the disarmament process, will now be legally bound to abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This award stigmatizes the nuclear armed states with their nuclear stockpiles and empowers the nonnuclear nations who have spoken out in the adoption of this summer’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Physicians for Social Responsibility’s international federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, itself a recipient of the 1985 Nobel peace prize, founded ICAN in 2007. PSR worked with ICAN presenting scientific data on the humanitarian and medical consequences of nuclear weapons at a series of three intergovernmental conferences in 2013 and 2014, the 2016 UN multilateral disarmament forum, which ultimately led to the 2017 UN treaty negotiations and adoption of the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by 122 nations on July 7, 2017.

The small and mighty permanent staffing of ICAN has allowed it to be nimble and strategic in its work, engaging a diverse range of groups and working alongside the Red Cross and like-minded governments. It has built a mighty global coalition of more than 400 partners in 101 nations, creating a movement that is unstoppable; and along the way has reshaped the debate on nuclear weapons, generating a momentum toward elimination.

ICAN typifies the often-quoted words of Margaret Mead, who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

The prize is a tribute to the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the hibakusha, and victims of nuclear explosions and development around the world and their vision to prevent future generations from suffering the horror of nuclear detonation.

~ DR. ROBERT F. DODGE

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