Dear Donald Trump and Kim Jung-un: Give Peace a Chance

Start talking about peace, not war.

…by Jonas E. Axis and Veterans for Peace


Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

Jonas E. Alexis: We have heard rumors of wars over the past few weeks or so. We have seen how both Trump and Kim Jung-un have locked themselves into a war of words, and each individual wants to “outsmart” the other by summoning incendiary statements that are obviously designed to create controversy.[1]

We know for example that the Neoconservative machine is behind perpetual wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. We know that Neocons of various stripes unsuccessfully tried to provoke the United States to get into a bloody conflict with North Korea.

You remember when the Neocons and the war machine risibly accused North Korea of hacking Sony Pictures back in 2014? Mark Tapson of the Neocon flagship FrontPage Magazine likened the so-called hack to that of “9/11-style terrorism against movie theaters and other targets including the White House.”[2] Joseph Klein of the same magazine opined:

“In addition to restoring North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism, further counter-measures should be seriously considered now. These may include cutting off North Korea’s access to global finance as completely as possible and targeting critical pieces of North Korea’s military infrastructure control systems with viruses of the sort used to infiltrate and incapacitate some of Iran’s centrifuges.

“Another counter-measure worth pursuing is the launching of a massive propaganda counter-offensive, using the Internet and social media to which North Korean elites and military officers have access to sow further doubts they may already be harboring in Kim Jong-un’s leadership.”[3]

Jewish Neocon Jonathan S. Tobin was really upset because President Obama declared that the so-called cyberattack was an act of “cyber vandalism” and not an “act of terrorism.”[4] If the United States did not response, added Tobin, it was “making a critical mistake.”[5] Tobin continued to add his Neoconservative vengeance on North Korea by saying that it is

“the responsibility of the president and his national security team to find a way to make Pyongyang pay dearly for its chutzpah. We shouldn’t prejudge those efforts before we know what is planned or actually happening.

“But this isn’t Sony’s fight or event that of Hollywood. Unless the U.S. is able to hit North Korea or at least scare it enough to ensure that this never happens again, no American should feel safe.”[6]

Max Boot, another Jewish Neocon, rolled up his diabolical sleeves and declared:

“I know it’s probably expecting too much from this president, but it would be nice if just once he would act decisively instead of talking a good game and setting red lines that can be crossed with impunity.”[7]

Boot continued to say that “the president should put North Korea back on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.”[8]

Well, President Obama left office without attacking North Korea militarily, and that was apparently a low blow on the Neoconservative machine, which never ceases to drink blood virtually across the world. But they didn’t seem to give up, and they seemed to have been looking an opportunity ever since the Sony Pictures debacle.

Throughout his campaign last year, Trump gave the appearance that he was going to stop perpetual wars. In fact, he even attacked Bill Kristol publicly. But Trump has been a total disappointment to America, largely because he hasn’t done a damn thing about perpetual wars.

We all knew he would lock himself into this ideological mumbo jumbo precisely because he was conniving with the Israeli regime. In fact, he is still conniving with both the Israeli regime and the Neoconservatives in America. That is one reason why he is still threatening to Iran.[9]

Trump is certainly dangerous because he is unpredictable. He can talk on both sides of his mouth without hesitation. Here Veterans for Peace is pleading with him and Kim Jung-un to refrain from invoking wild and aggressive statements. Veterans for Peace is asking them to look for better ways to seek for peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Veterans for Peace

Dear President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un,

You have both made your point. The world has seen that neither of you will back down before the threats of the other. For the sake of the world’s people, it is now time for good faith negotiations.

President Trump, you have engaged in reckless rhetoric and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea with “fire and fury like world has never seen.”  We can tell you right now that you do not speak for millions of veterans in this country. We know firsthand the horrors of war, and we don’t want to see them again, not even from a distance.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, your threats to target Guam and the United States with nuclear weapons are deeply disturbing. We understand that you must defend your nation from threats of U.S. intervention. However, your words and actions, like President Trump’s, are causing a very unstable and dangerous situation.

You both have shown the other, and the world, that you have the capability of causing calamitous destruction in a distant country.  You have also shown that through the strategy of “deterrence,” which holds millions of people hostage to the threat of nuclear war, you have so far been able to fend off an attack by the other.

The point has been made.  Now is the time to start backing off.

It is time for each side to clearly state its conditions for negotiations. Not conditions that are deliberately designed to be impossible for the other side to accept.  But conditions that are “negotiable.”  There should be no unilateral “pre-conditions” for talks to begin.  The people of the world are demanding peace.

The name-calling and bluffing game must stop, before someone, somewhere, makes a tragic mistake, a mistake that could never be undone.  Millions of people would die a horrible death, not only in Korea, the U.S. and Japan, but also in Okinawa, Guam, China, Russia – and who knows where else.

Millions of lives are in the balance, as is the future of the human species. For the sake of our mutual survival, it is time for diplomacy.  It is time to negotiate.  It is time for peace.  As veterans of too many wars, we beg you to start talking now.

Please let us know if we might be of assistance.  We will help in any way we can.

Peace for All Koreans!  Peace for All the People of the World!

Most sincerely,

Veterans For Peace

[1] For a recent development, see Justin McCurry, “Why are North Korea’s leaders specifically threatening US bombers?,” Guardian, September 27, 2017; “Trump lowers temperature in simmering conflict with North Korea and claims pressure is working,” Washington Post, September 27, 2017; “North Korea’s rhetoric is the same. It’s Trump’s reaction that makes this different,” Washington Post, September 27, 2017; “China and South Korea urge Trump and Kim to end feud,” Daily Mail, September 27, 2017.

[2] Mark Tapson, “North Korea’s War on Sony,” FrontPage Magazine, December 22, 2014.

[3] Joseph Klein, “The Sony Cyberattack: A Preview of Things to Come,” Frontpage Magazine, December 23, 2014.

[4]  Jonathan S. Tobin, “Vandalism or Terror, North Korea is Obama’s Responsibility,” Commentary, December 22, 2014.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Max Boot, “Can Obama Learn to Punish Tyrants Instead of Rewarding Them?,” Commentary, December 19, 2014.

[8] Max Boot and Sue Terry, “The North Korean Menace,” Weekly Standard, December 20, 2014.

[9] For a recent development, see Stephen M. Walt, “The Case Against the Iran Deal Is One Big Lie,” Foreign Policy, September 11, 2017.


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