BY FANNIE PASCHALL BATES
Who will be hurt if Donald Trump drops a nuclear bomb on North Korea? South Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Alaska, the state of Washington, Oregon, California, the coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean, billions of fish, lobster, whales, dolphins and shrimp, the seaweed which millions of people depend on as part of their daily diet …
Do you think Trump understands this? Who is telling him? Who is talking about it?
What would it take to treat millions of people to avoid additional exposure to nuclear fallout? What are the Centers for Disease Control doing? Are they helping us get prepared for such an event? Are they only preparing enough medication for our citizens? Wouldn’t we have a moral obligation to provide these medications to the exposed citizens of China, South Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia if we are the country who drops the bomb?
The pundits are talking as though one bomb dropped on North Korea would be an incident involving only North Korea and Donald Trump.
Does Trump think that killing millions of innocent people is going to take the attention off of his relationship with Putin? He is probably correct. We would all be so worried about avoiding exposure to nuclear fallout and obtaining safe food that we would not be thinking about Trump and Putin.
I am a 67-year-old teacher living in Texas. I have nightmares where Donald Trump is trying to choke me but I always fly away. Unfortunately, I cannot fly away from nuclear fallout or a food shortage or food contamination or mass hysteria.
So what can we do? We can hold all the appropriate parties accountable now! The city, county and state health departments. Schools and universities. The CDC. City, county and state governments. Every government agency needs a citizens advisory board and needs to be listening to that board now. Everybody needs to be a part of the solution to this problem.
First, we must make Donald Trump aware of the huge impact that one nuclear bomb can have and, secondly, we must get prepared now.
“Duck and cover” isn’t the answer, folks.
– Fannie Paschall Bates is a fourth generation Oklahoman currently living in Texas where she serves as Master Teacher at Dunjee International School including Women and Girls, a free school providing English classes and other educational services to Afghan people, both female and male, of all ages, no matter where they are currently living.