以下、書き取りのために何度も見て、聞き直しました。最初のうちは、こういう考え方をすると北朝鮮に対して弱腰になりそうだからよくないのでは・・・とも思いましたが、そうではなく、今の北朝鮮の問題だけに反応して終わるのではなく、その先の本当に達成すべき世界的軍縮に向けて、各国がみずからの姿を反省し、互いの立場を尊重しながら話し合っていくために、こういう風に考える必要がありそうな気がしてきました。(赤字の部分、聞き取りに自信がありません。blows up=「かっとなる」、「激怒する」 のような気もしますが・・・)

In case you missed it, this week North Korea conducted a nuclear test, and the general reaction around the world was "Oh s**t!". President Obama issued a formal statement saying that North Korea's pursuit of nucluear weapons as a threat to world peace. I basically went "Oh s**t!" too, but not because North Korea is the country playing with these devastatingly scary toys, but because humanity in general is still playing with these devastatingly scary toys.

Aren't US bombs just as much of a threat to world peace? Isn't any bomb, by nature, a threat to peace? I've asked people before why they are OK with some contries having nuclear weapons and not others, and the answer usually is 'Dangerous weapons should not be in the hands of bad guys. Only the good guys should be able to have nuclear weapons to protect themselves from the bad guys.'


Don't people realize that everybody thinks that they are the good guys? Everybody ****s up around this panic with their own perspective that they gain through their own personal experiences. You don't have to understand it. You don't have to like it. You don't have to agree with it.

But is it too much to ask for people to respect the fact that everyone has their own perspective that might be valid based on their own personal experiences? Is it too much to ask for people to stop labeling people that they understand or don't agree with as the bad guy? And this goes for both sides of the equation.

Bottom line is I don't want anyone to have nuclear weapons on this planet. But I know that some of you out there are going to have different perspectives of your own. So, this week, the question is, 'Who gets to decide who's the bad guy and who's the good guy?' Let's talk about that.
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