North Korea–The Magical Subject

What can I say….the mere mention of this topic and there is wide array of emotions passed on through blogs and news reports……some want to take it down….others want to take out Lil Kim…..while others plead for calm and sanity…..and then there are those that keep saying that North Korea could very well start World War 3.

The site “The National Interests” seems to think that WW3 could break out over the mash up with NK…….

North Korea has achieved something remarkable: for an impoverished country with a GDP smaller than that of Rhode Island, it has built a nuclear and ballistic missile program. The result is a growing arsenal of nuclear weapons with an expanding level of reach. While North Korea’s nukes are in all likelihood meant for regime security, in the event of war, Pyongyang would attempt to deliver devastating nuclear strikes against American, South Korean and Japanese forces throughout the region, sapping them of the willpower necessary to topple the regime of Kim Jong-un.

North Korea is both more and less dangerous than it looks. While the country maintains a 1,190,000-strong armed force, one of the largest in the world, much of its equipment is obsolete. It is likely no longer likely capable of successfully invading South Korea. At the same time, it is assessed as having between ten and twenty nuclear weapons, and has tested a variety of ballistic-missile platforms, including medium-range, intermediate-range, submarine-launched and, as of July 4, intercontinental ballistic missiles. While many of these programs have had mixed success, particularly the Musudan missile, North Korea is clearly learning and advancing its abilities both in nuclear-weapons design and missile-delivery systems.

Source: How North Korea Would Start World War III | RealClearDefense

To be fair and balanced….not everyone sees the threat that the media and the president sees…..

South Korea’s intelligence agency does not believe North Korea has secured re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, disputing Pyongyang’s account.

Source: South Korea Says North Doesn’t Have ICBM Reentry Capabilities | World Affairs Journal

The site “Antimedia” has issued an op-ed to the contrary to popular thought…..

North Korea is a threat, goes the narrative. And we, as loyal Americans, should fear the potentiality of that fact.

That’s why U.S. aircraft carriers, accompanied by fighter jets and warships, are currently steaming toward the Korean Peninsula.

That’s why the best soldiers the United States military has to offer are currently in South Korea, training — goes the narrative — to take out Kim Jong-un.

That’s why Japan, staunch U.S. ally, is considering deploying troops to South Korea — in preparation for the time when that evil dictator from the north will try to harm Japanese nationals in the south.

Conveniently, if Japan does deploy those troops — and, let’s be honest, they will — that will put the coalition of Japan, South Korea, and the United States together on the Korean peninsula.

Consider that for a moment.

Source: It’s Time to Stop Pretending North Korea Is a Threat to the United States

There!  You have two sides to the story.

Most Americans have already made their minds up and this post will do little to influence their thinking…….that may be…..but I had to try.

Take the Dems for instance….just what is their stance?  Mainly because there is not one……

On domestic policy, the Democratic Party is moving left. On foreign policy, the Democratic Party barely exists. Yes, Democrats like climate change agreements and oppose banning refugees. But those are extensions of the party’s domestic commitments. Yes, Democrats support a hard line against Vladimir Putin. But that’s mostly because he helped elect Donald Trump. What is the Democratic position on Syria’s civil war? Or Chinese imperialism in the South China sea? Or Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and bullying of Qatar? There isn’t one. President Obama stood for the proposition that America should resist costly military interventions and seek diplomatic agreements with longtime foes. When it comes to war and peace, the post-Obama Democratic Party doesn’t really stand for much at all.

Source: Why Won’t the Democrats Challenge Trump on North Korea? – The Atlantic

If you are an international relations wonk or a foreign policy geek….this is a fascinating look into the politics of North Korea.

There is lots of chatter, lots of noise….and so far that is all there is…..

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23 thoughts on “North Korea–The Magical Subject

  1. I watched an interesting report from the BBC at the weekend. It appears that South Korea doesn’t demonize the north in the same way as the foreign press. They see them as ‘relatives’, misunderstood people from the same background, who may well be open to discussions. But the US has to remove its military first, to ease that stumbling block. Can’t see that happening…
    Any Japanese intervention there is very ill-advised. There are still people living who remember the harsh treatment that Korea had under Japanese occupation.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I hate to admit it but NK has become a point of fascination for me……as if I did not already have a full plate…..damn my brain! LOl chuq

  2. I don’t see North Korea intentionally starting WW3; if I were them, I’d wait for the chance when South Korea has been almost completely denuclearized and then give reunification a good ol’ second try. The thing is, I can’t forsee South Korea disarming in the near future.

  3. Fascinating? Well, in the same sense as gazing upon a pit full of snakes (ala the scene(s) in the Indiana Jones movies, when he falls into such pits, filled with squirming reptiles) is fascinating… It all seems like more of the same old, same old the human race displays of late,, on our one-way trip to… wherever we’re going…

    SIGH… As if there weren’t any other stuff to do, these idiots have to chest thump…

    gigoid, the dubious

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