Dear North Korea,

Dear North Korea,

I don’t know you and you don’t know me.

But I understand you are playing with missiles.  And I apologize, I do not mean to minimize the power of a missile or the power that you have when wielding a missile.   I guess when I say “play” I refer to the idea of you threatening others with it, and waving it about recklessly like you might use it.  Or will use it and you are just taking your time to torment people.  I suppose “play” is a totally inappropriate word there.  Play is supposed to be fun.

This does not sound like fun.

Surely I don’t get the politics involved here.   Admittedly, I am quite naive about my own country’s politics, let alone yours.

But I have a question or two…

If you fire this missile at others, won’t they fire more missiles back at you?

Don’t you have a country full of children?  Older folks who worked hard all of their lives who would enjoy a rest from hard work and worry?  Younger folks who are starting families and careers and looking forward to what their efforts will bring them?

Again, in my naivety, I would think these people matter.   And if you fire a  missile at others-you are asking these same others-to fire back at you.

At your people.

At your families full of children.  Women.  Men.  Grandparents.

What’s the point of that?

I do apologize for not knowing or understanding more about the worries and problems you are dealing with.   But in my experience with people who play with missiles, someone gets hurt.  Probably a lot of someone’s.  It makes others angry.  When they have missiles fired at them.  And then everyone is shooting missiles at one another.   No one wins.

And nothing ends up getting resolved.

What is it you want resolved?  And isn’t there a better way to achieve this?

I don’t want to see missiles being fired.  I don’t want to see people getting hurt.  I don’t want to see more young men and women, in my country or yours, going to fight battles that could be better fought with words and less bloodshed.

I think I am like millions of others in this world.  I get up, I go to work, I love my family, I do my best to follow the laws of my country and respect others.  I don’t understand everything about everyone, but I’m not a threat to anyone else because I don’t agree with them.   I am sure that your country is full of people who are trying their best to get by, to build lives, to be with their family.

And you seem to be threatening your own people’s well being.

I don’t get that.

Sorry if this comes across as naive, but I did claim that, so it should be accepted.

Wishing you peace and common sense.

And well being.

I sign off full of hope for your people.