The only thing we have to fear is .....

October 11, 2017 GMT

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” were the famous words of advice President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave at his first inaugural address to help the nation get through the Great Depression.

Besides our fear of global warming, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and mass massacres, we have to fear our “totally destroy” president from getting us into a nuclear conflict with North Korea. He probably, and mistakenly, believes his bellicose statements on the world stage will detract attention away from the ongoing Russia investigation.

We can not, and can’t afford, to have a nuclear conflict with North Korea — or any country.

Fortunately, recent history has shown when multiple countries possess a weapon of mass destruction they do not use them against each other.

The generals who surround the president will dissuade and prevent him from attacking North Korea, whether with, or without, weapons of mass destruction. If we ever make an offensive move against North Korea, then it would jeopardize millions of lives in South Korea, Japan, and our American soldiers and civilians stationed and living there.


North Korea also can’t afford to attack us. They knew from the day they developed an atomic bomb they would be “totally destroyed” by our triad of land, air, and sea thermonuclear bombs if they ever used it. They don’t need our president to remind them of that.

When we had the Cuban Missile Crisis with Russia in 1962, Cuba, similar to North Korea, only wanted nukes as a deterrent to prevent from being invaded again by the U.S. Russia wanted Cuba as a nuke base to counter the U.S. nuke base in Turkey. That nuclear threat was resolved by negotiation when the U.S. agreed not to invade Cuba again, and removed the bases in Turkey, with Russia closing its bases in Cuba.

The underlying reason the Cuban Missile Crisis ended by negotiation, and not by war, was because the leaders of superpower nations know a nuclear conflict with thermonuclear bombs (hundreds of times more destructive than the atomic bombs we dropped on Japan) would be the end of civilization as we know it.

Smaller military powers, India, Pakistan and Israel, mainly developed nuclear weapons as a deterrent to protect themselves from their adversarial neighbors.

The only reason Iran agreed to stop developing atomic weapons was because they received assurance from the world powers that they would be protected from their arch enemy, Israel.

We are living in a world of nuclear weapons — nine nations possess them; if we are to survive and live without fear, nuclear nations must negotiate and not intimidate.


Korea, before it was divided, was a nation centuries older than we are. In the last century it was overrun and abused by Japan, split in two by the U.S. and Russia, and if that was not enough then North Korea suffered a severe famine that caused over a million deaths. Through all that the North Koreans were led by three generations of the Kim Dynasty.

While many Americans would like to see our president out of office, it appears all North Koreans love (or fear) their leader. This is because Kim Jong-un is more than a leader — he is their idol. North Koreans, from childhood, have been brought up to idolize the Kim family as if they were gods.

The United States was the first country and the only country to use a nuclear weapon of mass destruction on civilian populations — and hopefully the last.

When we accept the fact North Korea only has been developing nuclear weapons as a deterrent to survive and stay alive, maybe then the only thing we will have to fear is fear itself.

Paul Adinolfi is a resident of Sandy Hook.