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It's been said in the past that we would be better off if we could learn the common sense approach to life that we see in our canine companions, man's best friend.

Dogs eat only when they're hungry. They find shade when it's hot, and shelter when it's cold or raining, and we've all witnessed a tiny dog challenge a large one. Nine times out of ten, the large dog ignores the small one because he doesn't feel threatened, and the small one returns to the porch, convinced in his own mind that he has done his job and protected his family and territory.

This is a real-life metaphor that applies to the continuous rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. You don't have to have a Ph.D. in physics to know that if the big dog in this scenario ever took up the challenge, the ankle biter would be breakfast.

Up until now, cooler heads have prevailed. Every president during the Cold War era, and Kim's father and grandfather knew that a nuclear war would leave North Korea a burning hole in the ground. But, in the process, Japan would relive the nightmare of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So I doubt that their citizens and those in South Korea and the surrounding areas are excited over this possibility.

Kim is without a doubt an egotistical paranoid dictator. But I don't think that he's dumb enough to give up his evil authoritarian empire and commit suicide by launching a nuke.

Now we're also hearing from our president that he wants to break the nuclear agreement with Iran, which was also endorsed by our European allies. It's not perfect, but it's a move in the right direction. Keep in mind that this is the same president who threatened to bomb Venezuela recently — yes Venezuela. Or his rant of players in sports not standing for the national anthem, which has come to light. I personally don't agree with this either.

But, there are those who don't like my columns. But, I'm still allowed under the First Amendment to voice my opinion, just everybody else has the same.

Polls have shown that after nine months, only one in three Americans approve of Donald Trump. This is unprecedented. But that third is unwavering at this time. So, I'm going to speak to the one-third and ask this one question: Are you comfortable with your leader's finger on the button? If you think that the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria was bad, check out pictures from the aforementioned nuclear bombing of Japan, and imagine something worse multiple times over.

Life as we know it will no longer exist because of a little barking dog.

Daryl Ice, of Benton, is a regular letter writer to The Southern.


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