Sometimes You Can’t Reason With a Madman Like Kim Jong-Un
by Lee Enochs
Donald Trump is right about North Korea. For too long the United States has appeased and pacified brutal communist dictator Kim Jong-Un as though his threats to use nuclear force against America and her allies were a joke.
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama acted as though Jong-Un would simply go way if we ignored him. Obama in particular continually redrew the “redline” he said Jong-Un and the North Koreans could not surpass and this failed policy of appeasement and containment is a big reason why we are at this point right now.
Kim Jong-un is a certifiable madman, and left alone, he most certainly will attempt to use nuclear weapons against the United States.
Sometimes one cannot reason with a madman. Sometimes we can’t bargain or negotiate with someone who wants to destroy the world. As Michael Cain said in “The Dark Night,”
“Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
I believe President Trump has an ethical obligation to defend the United States against brutal dictators like Kim Jong-Un. In fact, Trump has made a solemn vow to protect America against all her enemies, foreign or domestic and most certainly Kim Jung-Un is making threats against the safety of the United States.
I know most liberals are severely criticizing Trump for his “fire and fury” statement against North Korea, but the President of the United States cannot sit idly by when one of her enemies is threatening to use nuclear weapons against our people.
While, I generally agree with the Libertarian non-aggression principle (or NAP; also called the non-aggression axiom, the anti-coercion, zero aggression principle or non-initiation of force), an ethical stance which asserts that “aggression” is inherently illegitimate, I believe we have a fundamental right and obligation to defend ourselves. This is why the Second Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution, its framers believed we have the right to use arms to defend ourselves.
I also know that many of my Christian friends are pacifists who do not believe in war or the use of physical force for any reason. However, I do not believe this view is tenable and believe in Augustine of Hippo’s “Just war theory” the belief that war and the use of force is morally justifiable when certain criteria are met.
The “Just War theory” argues that that war and the use of physical force, although never ideal, is sometimes the only option to prevent things such human atrocity and genocide.
In his classic book, “City of God,” St. Augustine said the following on “just wars,”
“But, say they, the wise man will wage Just Wars. As if he would not all the rather lament the necessity of just wars, if he remembers that he is a man; for if they were not just he would not wage them, and would therefore be delivered from all war.”
Sometimes a person must use physical force to defend himself and those he or she loves.
Despite his rough language and bellicosity, President Trump has a sacred obligation to defend the United States against tyrants like Kim Jong-Un, who threaten America’s people and safety.
My prayer is that war and the use of force would be avoided and that North Korea would stand down from its nuclear ambitions.