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About the same time that North Korea demonstrated their new and improved missile launch capabilities, President Obama was in Prague calling for a world without nuclear weapons, pledging to cut the US nuclear arsenal.

Here is the analogy I used to describe what is happening to my daughters.

Imagine that all of the countries with nuclear capabilities are men standing in a corral with guns on their hips. For the most part we all get along, but there are always one or two who like to rest with their hands on the holsters. The US has always been the man with the biggest guns. We don’t need to put our hands on the holster, because everyone knows we’ve stared down the best of the big boys in the past. (Thank you President Reagan.)

Right now President Obama is asking all of these men to toss their guns aside. Of course, it only works if everyone trusts the other and everyone does it together. But on the outside of this corral, you have North Korea leaning against the fence watching the action, showing off their new holster. Maybe we can’t see the gun yet, but odds are in their favor they have a gunsmith putting the pieces in place. Also watching from the fence line is Iran. They also want to come in the corral, and remember if one person in the corral can’t be trusted, then we can’t back down and leave it open for the bully.

Another analogy I’ve used is from a book we’re reading right now, The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald. In the first chapter the author, J.D., tell us that even though he and his older brothers were in the minority in their town, they earned “tolerance” by being able to beat up every kid in their age range. Sweyn could beat every kid his own age, Tom could beat every kid his own age and J.D. could beat every kid his own age. Nobody messed with them.

In one chapter a Greek kid moves to Adenville and is beaten up by a bigger kid. We learn how Tom, “The Great Brain,” tells the kid’s father he will teach his son how to fight American style, because if Basil doesn’t learn to fight Sammy, then he will always be beaten by this bully. When the father says -But this kid is bigger and stronger than my son, Tom replies, He is bigger and stronger than me, but I fought him until I learned how to beat him.

Bullies won’t pick on you if they know you can whip ‘em.

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