To the Editor:
In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq on the false pretense that they were linked to 9/11 and that they were in possession of WMDs despite the disapproval of the international community. In that act, we proved to the rest of the world that we would use our military might to invade any country that we deem a threat, despite any concerns that our UN partners hold.
Iraq was not in possession of WMDs, which signaled to North Korea that they would need to demonstrate their own possession of a nuclear arsenal to successfully deter a pre-emptive invasion from the United States.
Calls to attack the country now ignore the human cost that a war with North Korea would have on our allies in the region since it won’t be our own civilians dying. China could be of help, but have voiced that they can’t solve the problem on their own, and that Trump’s “emotional venting” won’t solve it.
This isn’t to say that North Korea poses no threat, but we are not having an informed debate. Trump has not appointed anyone to key positions in the Departments of State and Defense that deal with the peninsula. We shouldn’t march into another war holding the attitude that “if thousands die, they’re going to die over there.” We need a multilateral strategy with China and our allies in the region. Furthermore, if we expect other countries to remain defenseless, then we need to get more serious about our own nuclear non-proliferation.