On Monday, President Trump said something that really caught everyone by surprise (and that is saying a lot these days). He said that he would be willing to meet with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “under the right circumstances” in order to reduce tensions in that region, and that he would be “honored” to meet him.
(Before I begin, to placate my more left-leaning readers, yes, I recognize the fact that if Obama had said this the Right would’ve lost their minds. branded him a traitor, etc. My views on Obama doing this would be the same as my views on Trump doing this)
Let’s remember that North Korea frequently threatens the United States and its allies with a nuclear attack, and has been repeatedly testing missiles and nuclear weapons in spite of everyone telling them to stop. Poverty is incredibly widespread, hunger and starvation are everywhere, and dissent is punished with life sentences to labor camps. Why on Earth would we be interested in talking to this dictator?
When I first heard this, I, like just about everyone else, was confused and kinda angry. How dare he offer a meeting to a man who sends his political enemies to labor camps for the rest of their lives? However, when I gave it a little more thought, I realized that maybe a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un isn’t a terrible idea, in fact it may be a smart one. Why? Because it might just prevent a war.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not have the country dragged into a potentially nuclear conflict, we’ve got enough on our plate as it is. If a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un could be a step towards denuclearizing North Korea and getting them to stop threatening everyone around them, then lets set this meeting up FAST.
I’m not saying we should give Kim a State Visit to the White House, we should do it in a neutral location, like the Joint Security Area on the border between North and South Korea. Let Trump and Kim sit down and at least give an attempt at hashing things out with words rather than missiles. If it could prevent a war, it is worth it. And if negotiations and diplomacy fail? Well, at least we can say we tried literally every option.
I don’t see this theoretical meeting as appeasing the Kim Regime or treating them with respect they don’t deserve, I see this as us sitting down with a hostile power to get convince to lose their ambitions. We are the bigger person here, so lets reach out. I don’t like North Korea, but I dislike nuclear war more. I say we give it a shot. It is better than the alternative.
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