This week Donald Trump escalated the volatile situation surrounding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program by saying North Korea will “face fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continues to threaten the United States. Today, he doubled down and claimed that statement “wasn’t tough enough” and “it’s about time someone stuck up for the people of our country.” 
This is dangerous. The threat of a devastating war – one far deadlier than anything most of us have seen in our lifetimes – is growing by the minute. Frankly, it’s terrifying.
Thankfully, more and more voices for sanity and peace are speaking up. Just hours ago, 60 members of Congress sent a letter telling the President to stop these irresponsible and dangerous statements and support crucial diplomacy.  Now it’s time to add our voices and show the world a massive outcry demanding a diplomatic solution and an end to Trump’s reckless rush towards a nuclear war.
A war on the Korean peninsula would be a humanitarian disaster of enormous magnitude. A violent conflict would put millions of lives at risk and we simply cannot allow it to happen.
The path out of crisis with North Korea involves dialogue, building trust, and diplomacy. Bellicose rhetoric and aggressive threats are counterproductive and make finding a path to an agreement more difficult. We learned from the Iran nuclear deal that the tools of diplomacy are powerful, but we must not derail progress with careless attempts at intimidation.
The simple truth is we have to make a choice. Do we support actually resolving the challenges posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons – a solution that can only be achieved through tough diplomacy – or are we going to rush headlong into a disastrous war of choice that could kill millions?
Our movement was built trying to stop deadly wars of choice, conflicts just like this. We are still living with the disastrous consequences of George W. Bush talking tough and acting stupid in Iraq. We can’t let Donald Trump make an even bigger mistake in North Korea. Now is the time to stop a deadly and devastating war, and it’s going to take all of us to stop it.
1. Trump on North Korea Feud: ‘Fire and Fury’ not Tough Enough,” NBC News, August 10, 2017 http://act.winwithoutwar.org/
2. Members of Congress Letter to Tillerson, August 10, 2017 https://act.winwithoutwar.org/