If you haven’t heard, there are some scary things going on in the Korean peninsula. There’s been a successful nuclear detonation estimated by Russian sources to be of a yield equal to the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In case you’re curious, Russia and the U.S. created a vast array of sensors during the Cold War to measure the nuclear detonations from tests conducted below ground, underwater, and in the atmosphere. This military spending resulted in several scientific breakthroughs and discoveries, from information gleaned about the contents of the ocean, and in particular the influence (and changes) of the magnetic poles, to astronomical discoveries concerning radiation from extra-solar bodies.
Far be it from me to avoid pointing out even more of the considerable benefits derived from U.S. military spending, but I’ve digressed from my original intent…
Along with the nuclear detonation–itself a violation of U.N. treaties and resolutions–the North Koreans have declared they’re no longer going to abide by the armistice that established the demilitarized zone between them and South Korea. Furthermore, Kim Jong-il has stated N. Korea’s intention to fire on U.S. and South Korean ships if sanctions are imposed.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has stated their fear that the situation could “escalate into nuclear war on the Korean peninsula”. President Obama had this to say:
While I marvel at how similar Obama’s words are to those of his predecessor (and wonder why the media hasn’t busted his chops like they did GW’s), I wonder if Obama has what it takes to do anything about the problem. Diplomacy without the credible threat of military action has proven useless time and again, both with Kim Jong-il and other tyrants like him. Appeasement is a policy for fools and those uneducated in history.
Interestingly enough, the Israeli airstrike into Syria a short time ago is thought to have been precipitated by clandestine North Korean, Syrian, and Iranian collaboration on nuclear weapons. Fortunately, the Israelis still have the balls to do what is necessary, unlike too many soft, simpering, pacifistic Americans.
Earlier this week, while listening to the “Priest and the Rabbi” segment on a local radio show, the rabbi (who has lived in both Israel and the U.S.) was asked to comment on Iran. He said something that is equally relevant to North Korea. The rabbi said that the lesson of the Holocaust was that when a leader says he intends to kill you, you should take him at his word.
We need to be seriously preparing for a strong military strike against this madman (Kim), who has been content to starve and oppress over a million of his own people. We need to wake up and learn the lesson that despots cannot be negotiated with, placated, or sanctioned into doing the right thing. Despots only understand, respect, and respond to power, and no amount of pacifistic protest has managed to save the millions that’ve died at their hands. Until foreign nations are ruled by democracies*, lasting peace will only ever be achieved and maintained by the willingness to hunt down and destroy evil men. Just as we did with Saddam Hussein and his psychotic progeny.
Several other people have pointed out that North Korea’s nuclear and missile testing are essentially advertisements to any organization that might like to purchase a nuclear device. When I was a political science/psychology double major at Vanderbilt University (with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies), I did a research paper for my course on the Russian Successor States. In the course of said research, I was shocked to learn several Russian nuclear weapons had disappeared, and defense analysts from several nations feared they might end up in terrorist hands. Luckily, such devices are difficult to maintain in working order, and the Russians had already allowed their arsenal to fall into disrepair prior to the USSR’s collapse. That may account for the absence of a nuclear detonation on American soil in the 90s and earlier 2000s. It begs the question, though, as to whether such an attack can be avoided if Iran and N. Korea possess working nukes.
So short a time after Memorial Day, one hopes people remember that we live in the land of the free because of the sacrifices of the brave.
*I’ll go further–I take Jesus at his word. There will be no lasting peace until He comes again, which is why every good and peace-loving person needs to be prepared and willing to wage war against those who are evil.