MY TAKE ON THE NORTH
This administration, like all previous administrations, keeps
lying to us about North
Korea. It very well knows that there is no
military solution to a problem (see below) that all administrations have
created. Just as there is no solution when it comes to Russian or Chinese
But there is a difference between Russia
and China on the one hand
and North Korea
on the other hand. With Russia
and China, the end-result of
any use of nuclear weapons is mutual assured destruction or MAD. That is
why Dumb Trump's soundbite that "There will never be a time that we are
not the most powerful nation in the world" is meaningless. What kind of
advantage is this if the end-result is MAD?
As far as North
Korea is concerned, the issue is different. North Korea is not seeking to have nuclear
capabilities to attack or even threaten America,
its goal is to deter America
from even thinking about attacking North Korea. What made North Korea seek to deter America is
history. During the Korean war, the United Sates
carpet-bombed the North using more bombs than it used in the Pacific theater of
World War II. North Korea
had to develop nuclear weapons to ensure its survival.
Now, if Dumb Trump makes the colossal mistake of attacking
North Korea, under what he wrongly calls "preventive" war (pre-emptive
is the right word), he should be ready to sacrifice millions of lives.
which is about 35 miles from the border and is within range of North's missiles
and artillery, has 26 million people. This is not all. The United States had 23,000 troops, plus their
families, living between Seoul
and the Demilitarized Zone. In total, about 200,000 Americans reside in South Korea. It
is hoped that the adult around Dumb Trump will stop him from taking a stupid
Those who are trying to characterize Kim Jong-un, the North
Korean leader, as impulsive or unstable are not only wrong, they are in fact
trying to incite the Americans, and indirectly encouraging Dumb Trump to attack.
In fact, Kim Jon-un is rational and it is Dumb Trump who can be characterized
as impulsive and unstable, if not crazy.
What is the solution? There are only two options. One is to
attack North Korea
knowing well the consequences of such a stupid decision (see above). Two is to
acquiesce to the fact that North
Korea is a nuclear weapon state. In fact, this
has been the case for the past decade. What is wrong with that? Pakistan and India
are nuclear weapon states, as well as Israel. Why are our consecutive
administrations, including this one, keeping quiet? Just as we have tacitly
acquiesced to the idea that those three countries are nuclear weapon states, we
can do the same with North
There are those who suggest a third option, unrealistic in my
opinion, which is to work with China
to put pressure on North
Korea: first, to freeze any further
development of its nuclear capabilities and second to roll back it nuclear
program. The problem with such a suggestion is the mistaken belief that China is ready
to cooperate. China will never go along, even if
we apply to strongest pressure. It is in the interest of China to keep a thorn in America's side.
Those who do not see that are lying to themselves and to us.