How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (Luke 6:42, NIV)
The U.S. has been quick to condemn the North Korean nuclear test, as have the other nuclear powers. One can't argue with the point that North Korea having nuclear weapons is bad, but the above scripture verse instantly came to mind when I heard of the reaction.
What country has spent six trillion dollars on nuclear weaponry, has the world's largest nuclear arsenal, and shows no signs of dismantling its nuclear weapons? (Hint: it's not North Korea)
What country has a long history of foreign adventurism, overthrowing of foreign democratic governments, and shoring up foreign tyrants? (Hint: its not North Korea)
What country has over 700 bases and facilities on every continent except Antarctica? (Hint: it's not North Korea)
What country is currently engaged in two hot wars far from its borders, resulting in more than 100,000 deaths, many of them civilians? (Hint: it's not North Korea)
Let's stop the hypocrisy. What if the U.S. government dismantled its nuclear weapons and brought all its troops home, and then suggested that other countries renounce nuclear weapons and follow peaceful policies? Do you think it would be more effective if it said do as we do, rather than do as we say rather than as we do?
-Bill Samuel, Oct. 9, 2006