I was asked a question the other day that -- momentarily -- stunned me. This fellow I know ... who before he asked this was someone I actually thought was smart ... posed the question to me after reports of North Korea's nuclear weapons testing.
He asked me, "Who are we to say who gets to have nuclear weapons? We have them."
I was stunned.
In my mind, I was running several things through my head. One of them was how to reconcile this stupid question with other things he said that I thought were smart. Was he simply having a brain-fart? Or was he really that messed up in the head?
After a second or two, the best answer I could come up with was this:
Every country cannot be treated the same because every country is not the same.
I got a funny look for that. So I expounded.
Say you have pets. And pets inside the house. Say a dog. And a cat. And a rattlesnake.
You let the dog run free. You let the cat run free. You keep the rattlesnake in a terrarium.
Why not let the rattlesnake roam free? On your couch? On your chairs?
Because a rattlesnake can't be treated the same as a dog or a cat. It's a rattlesnake. It'll kill you.
Best I could come up with. What's the best answer you've got for that ... unbelivable ... question?