Why I Support President's Trumps Attempts at Peaceful Resolution in Korea
This moment has scarred and distorted American foreign policy for 75 years. We learned well the lesson of not conceding to a bully, but we have failed to learn that it's not the only lesson to be learned.
Our unmatched power since World War II and this lesson have made us rely far too heavily on military solutions to problems in the world. Only the track record is checkered at best.
- Korea - ended in a stalemate and left us with this unresolved conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
- Vietnam - years of bloody war and painful divisions in the United States end in a loss and hurried withdrawal from South Vietnam.
- Iraq - we broke Iraq and created a garden to sow radical terrorism that has led to more chaos, not less, in the region.
- Libya - we broke this country as well and left it a failed state and another hotbed for radicalism.
- Syria - proving we didn't learn the recent lessons in Iraq and Libya, we continued to pursue this flawed Middle East strategy, creating more chaos and a refugee crisis that has created discord throughout Europe.
- Russia - after winning the Cold War and having an opportunity to work together with our former adversary to create peace and stability in the world, the Military Industrial Complex decided to build bases surrounding Russia that have helped to create a lingering threat of conflict between the two nuclear super powers.
By any measure, this track record should viewed as a failure. Rarely have we achieved our goals. Often we have created a situation worse that what preceded it. Finally, we've even lost all pretense that we do it for any noble purpose. Now we just do it because we, or certain allies, don't like your leader or how you run your country.
All this war and chaos has been great for the war machine and corporate interests. It has been a disaster for the American people and global stability. And, we're still at it with Iran.
However, after a fiery beginning, President Trump and President Kim seem to be meandering toward a meeting at some point to discuss a new denuclearized future for Korea and a better life for the North Korean people.
Critics - "the experts," people who won't support this president in anything, and the Military Industrial Complex - have complained that finding a peaceful solution in Korea is a fanciful illusion. Perhaps. Time will tell, but shouldn't we at least make the effort?
So well have we learned the lesson of Chamberlain that we have abandoned talk as weak and pointless. "They only understand bombs and bullets," we've been told about adversary after adversary.
Shame on us if we really buy that war is really the only way to resolve challenges in this world. The previous examples shows that case study has been an abject failure. Maybe it's time to reignite the power of diplomacy that doesn't dictate through force, but listens, reasons, and treats the other side like the human beings they are with the concerns they have.
Is this a defense of Kim? NO. His family's rule in North Korea has violated the first principle of leadership - to look out for the interests of the people - to a degree rarely seen.
Still, the world, Korea, and yes, the United States is better off with a peaceful Korea devoid of nuclear weapons. Bullets and bombs cannot achieve that end. Even an overwhelming attack, would leave South Korea and Japan vulnerable to massive casualties.
Talk is the way forward and not just here. Iran, Russia, and other potential adversaries should know that we will not roll over, but we are willing to reason together to find solutions. It's time to put the ghost of Neville Chamberlain to bed and learn new, more productive lessons. As for worries about who gets the credit for peace, who cares?
for 6 Sense Media
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. He’s been writing, recording, and using affirmations for 30 years. He's also the author of Anunnaki Awakening. He advocates for the potential of the human race. He's life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education.