Monday, May 25, 2009

A Hiroshima bomb by North Korea?

Folks, don't go overboard on this. Hiroshima is a big word, but the truth of the matter is that probably all of the nuclear weapons that the United States, Russia, and others have all many, many, times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. You have to take into account that that was the first generation of atomic weapons. People have been working on developing them for sixty years since then, and Hiroshima strength has been surpassed for a long, long, time.

It's unclear what North Korea wants to do with their newfound strength. My guess is that being antagonized from the international community benefits them, specifically benefits the regime of Kim Jong-Il, because it allows them to continue their internal propaganda about the rest of the world wanting to destroy them. My sage advice would be for the international community to step up efforts on bringing North Korea back into the fold and not to antagonize them by threatening war against them. If the U.S. and company take the bait and escalate threats against them, they will increase the chances that North Korea will actually use the bomb against someone, even if it means that there society will be destroyed as a consequence.

Much like the conduct of the U.S. in both invading Afghanistan and Iraq proved Al Qaeda's point about the U.S. being more concerned with spreading their influence than caring about human rights, making war on North Korea would prove the government's points about the U.S. That the U.S. actually does resemble in a very broad way the picture that North Korea paints of it doesn't change the fact that there's no excuse for acting stupidly towards a small country with no influence on the international scene. The U.S. has always in the past directed its forces towards overthrowing and restructuring regimes that had more moral legitimacy in countries that were more important; by overthrowing North Korea, you know, it'll hurt the U.S. tough guy street cred.

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