Democracy at home does not prevent a nation from being tyrannical abroad.

I see that North Korea has tested a small nuclear bomb underground. We can measure the device quite accurately and it is of some concern that a small nation that can barely feed its people wishes to divert its scarce and precious resources into developing nuclear weapons.

Many countries that cannot feed all their people have nuclear weapons. It seems to be a feature of humanity that we fail to understand what is important and what is not important. perhaps the North Koreans are distrustful of the Western democracies; perhaps they have good cause for such distrust. The experience of the people of Iraq does not inspire people of other nations to have much confidence in the Western democracies. Democracy at home does not prevent a nation from being tyrannical abroad.

We must remember that.

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