“Evil intent” a careless and provocative comment

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

27 April, 2017

Dear Editor:

In referring to North Korea one should be careful of the words one is tempted to use as they might apply to other circumstances as well. Jerry Brownlee’s “evil intent” comment is careless in that way. Any nation with nuclear weapons is expressing evil intent and that includes the USA. That was always true, but Donald Trump’s comment “Since we have nuclear weapons, why can’t we use them?” is more openly aggressive.  More frighteningly it displays a chilling honesty.  There is no such thing as nuclear deterrence and there never has been.  Rather it is a figment of a collective insanity and Donald Trump may be opening up a can of angst which could spread widely over militarists and diplomatic communities alike.


Richard Keller


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