The Humanist Cafe

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 7:00-8:30 pm
James Bay New Horizons 234 Menzies Street, Victoria

Discussion Topic:  North Korea And The USA – A Frightening Standoff

Presenter: Dr. Barrie Webster
moderator: John Pope

President Trump of the US has made North Korea’s developing nuclear capability a cause celebre and has threatened nuclear war. North Korea is a dictatorship with a questionable human rights record. We in the West have been at loggerheads with North Korea ever since the end of the Korean War in 1952. So what has changed? Why have tensions escalated in recent years?

Analysis of the Standoff

North Korea exporting nuclear capability to Syria?

The US Arms Industry Lobby

When CIA intelligence (1995) said that North Korea would not have ballistic missiles capable of threatening the United States for at least 15 years, the missile defence lobby got Congress to pass legislation creating a “national commission” to contradict the CIA assessment.

Corporate Think Tanks and the Doctrine of Aggressive Militarism

Withdrawal of US from Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty

Failed Diplomacy (agreed framework – USA & North Korea)

Recent Mixed Messages from Washington

How easily might nuclear war begin?


So who to believe?

Who benefits from stoking the conflict?

Is there any credible benefit from “fire & fury”?

Is there a better alternative way of dealing with North Korea?

If we ignore it, will it go away?

Would a nuclear war and nuclear winter be a fitting end to the human species?

See you there!  Bring a buddy.