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Donald J. Trump, leader of America and commander-in-chief, threatened to "totally destroy" the nation of North Korea. This is a nation of 25 million men, women and children, forced to live under a petulant, pugnacious dictator.

Citizens of that country love their children every bit as much as you or I love our own, and fear the fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

About a dozen nations have nuclear weapons of mass destruction including England, Russia, France, China, Pakistan, India, Israel, and others.

American interventions in small countries around the world have not gone well. The Korean War ended in stalemate. The Vietnam War ended in humiliating defeat. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are still going on without resolution. Many have tried to conquer Afghanistan with mixed success, including the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Now America is failing after many years of trying.

Trump can't destroy the people of North Korea without hideous repercussions to us all, and he needs to be stopped. Will congress stop him? Can anyone? If he uses nukes on anyone, other nations may use their own nukes.

Someone asked Albert Einstein what weapons he thought would be used in World War III. He replied, "I know not what weapons would be used in World War III, but I do know what weapons would be used in World War IV: sticks and stones."

— Larimore Nicholl, Colorado Springs

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