Let’s not become involved in another war, thank you


Written By Dannys Marrero

With the humanitarian crisis going on in the southern states and Puerto Rico at the hands of Mother Nature, war is the very last thing the U.S. needs at this moment; especially against an enemy whose nickname has become “rocket man.”

Unfortunately for us, the current President of the United States is well-known for his incapability of keeping his mouth shut when he needs to, and staying off Twitter.

Usually these two factors make for an entertaining combination on the 6 p.m. news; however this time around, thanks to Mr. Cheetos’ poor choices, North Korea is under the delusion that we’ve declared war.

Thanks to news outlets and the power of social media, those of us who weren’t present at the United Nations General Assembly were still able to see what our idiotic leader had to say about the situation that is North Korea.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Donald Trump said, directly in front of North Korea’s delegation, which, according to USA Today, had obtained front row seats through a U.N. lottery system.

From the political science courses I’ve taken here at Point Park, I’ve learned that there is no uncomplicated way to deal with North Korea. However, it is common knowledge that threatening the life of a world leader, and the rest of the population of North Korea, which by the way is 25.3 million, is by no means the correct thing to do. But unfortunately, here we are.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” Ri Young, Foreign Minister of North Korea said to reporters as he was leaving New York.

According to USA Today, Young also said that Trump’s insults against North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-Un make it “inevitable” that the country’s rockets will strike the U.S. mainland.

Now, one might think: “Oh, they’re just exaggerating! Donald Trump didn’t say that!”

Well, when the words “totally destroy” come out of the mouth of the leader of the nation capable of carrying out such a task, as the U.S. unarguably has the strongest military in the world, it is only natural to feel threatened; and it’s extremely concerning when the Department of Defense supports such actions.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning reacted by saying,  “If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the president to deal with North Korea.”

Now, I’m in no way taking North Korea’s side. Both of my parents are in the military and I respect the government and the position that is the President of the United States. I do think Kim Jong-Un and his regime are insane and I do believe there needs to be some type of western intervention.

However, the units my parents are currently stationed in would be the one of the first to respond to any military mobilization, and I’m not in any mood to lose my parents in meaningless war. They’ve been deployed and taken away from me because of both Operation Desert Storm and the War on Terror. That is something I cannot, and will, not support.

And I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. There are thousands of military kids that don’t want to lose their parents again and many diplomats who don’t want a war; as both the U.N. and China have come forth and commented on this tension.

“We want things to calm down,” Liu Jieyi, China’s ambassador to the UN, said to reporters after the Assembly. “It’s getting too dangerous and it’s in nobody’s interest.”

Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary General António Guterres, told reporters “Fiery talk can lead to fatal misunderstandings. The only solution for this is a political solution.”

Furthermore, imagine whatever superior deity you believe in popping up at the 6 o’clock KDKA-TV News. Well, that is what the people of North Korea experienced when for the first time in the country’s history, their leader, their deity, stepped forth and commented on live television.

“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying [North Korea],” Kim said to his people.

This is not what this country needs right now. We now have a mad man who has taken a step he is not able to come down from. To the people of North Korea, their god has spoken personally to them, and “assured” them that the U.S. would be punished. The biggest problem is that because he has personally “assured” his people, he will lose his power and credibility if he doesn’t deliver.

I’m scared because I’m sure that if these tensions continue, this man is going to lose it one day and press that red button. However, if the missiles are not being pointed at us, they will most likely be pointed at South Korea.

So if Donald Trump has any sanity and selflessness, he will do the right thing and stop his verbal assaults. I’ve always said actions speak louder than words, and I believe that the actions he will take and the sanctions he will uphold against North Korea will allow for the world to not get involved in another great war. I’ve been separated from the ones I loved because of such wars, and the last thing I want for anyone in the world to lose someone they love because of the actions of a mad man.