Letter to the Editor by CFPA Executive Director Rev. Bob Moore, March 20, 2018
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently threatened preemptive war against North Korea over its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Their continued development of nuclear warheads, and missiles that can deliver them over increasing distances, is deeply worrying.
But to recklessly threaten preemptive war would take a very bad situation and make it terrifyingly worse. While previous diplomacy and sanctions have not yet succeeded, there is no other way toward a resolution except intensified, persistent diplomacy.
In the years leading up to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, there were also reckless threats of preemptive war. This would have caused another major war in the Middle East, much worse than Iraq or Afghanistan. Thankfully, diplomacy resulted in a verifiable agreement that keeps nuclear weapons capability away from Iran for at least 15 years.
As part of that success, we in the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) were proud to campaign successfully for Diplomacy, Not War in Iran including advocacy for our US Congresspersons to not block the diplomatic solution.
Instead of rattling the sabre, we need to intensify committed diplomacy with North Korea. Military force can’t resolve this, only diplomacy can. Readers wanting to support this approach can visit the CFPA web site peacecoalition.org.
The Rev. Robert Moore
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