Korea, the ‘buttons’, and the history of military involvement with USA.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

26 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

It should not be considered a force for peace and security to be involved militarily with the USA in our Pacific region. The Korean Peninsula may seem the most bizarre and immediately dangerous of USA military attentions.  (Trump: “My button is bigger than your button”.  ‘Wrong button’ for missile alert in Hawaii.) The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has just moved the theoretical ‘Doomsday Clock’ closer to midnight siting the Korean Peninsula and climate change, among other reasons, for doing so.

But it would not be the first mistake made by New Zealand in this alliance. Look back to Viet Nam.

Withdrawing from military cooperation with US forces would send a message for diplomacy, even sanity, and would be the best way for New Zealand to have a positive impact on the situation. The longer Trump is in charge, the more reasonable that is going to be seen to be, but is long overdue anyway.

Richard Keller


published 28/01/2018 in Dom Post with first sentence modified, making the meaning cloudy.

published 10/02/18 in The Listener, shortened without losing the intent.


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