The “Threat” from North Korea


Do you feel threatened by North Korea’s possible acquisition of an ICBM nuclear capability? I don’t. Maybe I’m stupid, or something. And what’s with this “non-proliferation” thing?

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about “the nuclear club”:

“There are eight sovereign states that have successfully detonated nuclear weapons. Five are considered to be “nuclear-weapon states” (NWS) under the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). In order of acquisition of nuclear weapons these are: the United States, the Russian Federation (the successor state to the Soviet Union), the United Kingdom, France, and China. Since the NPT entered into force in 1970, three states that were not parties to the Treaty have conducted nuclear tests, namely India, Pakistan, and North Korea. North Korea had been a party to the NPT but withdrew in 2003. Israel is also widely known to have nuclear weapons, though it maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity regarding this (has not acknowledged it), and is not known definitively to have conducted a nuclear test. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute‘s SIPRI Yearbook of 2014, Israel has approximately 80 nuclear warheads. According to Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Nuclear Notebook, the total number of nuclear weapons worldwide is estimated at 9,920 in 2017. Nations that are known or thought to have nuclear weapons are sometimes referred to informally as the nuclear club.”

Considering the above number of states that have nuclear weapons, and the number of such weapons, why are we now getting our panties in a twist over the fact that North Korea may soon have the capability of reaching the continental US with a nuclear weapon? Does no one worry about the other members of the club? Nutty as the North Korean regime may be, do we really suppose that, once it has that capability, it will use it? I don’t suppose that, nor do I suppose that the North Korean regime is nutty, no matter how funny-looking we find Kim Jung-un. I suppose that, instead, North Korea wants a deterrent. Why? The world considers North Korea a pariah nation. What is that and what does that imply? Again from Wikipedia: “A pariah state (also called an international pariah or a global pariah) is a nation considered to be an outcast in the international community. A pariah state may face international isolation, sanctions or even an invasion by nations who find its policies, actions, or its very existence unacceptable.” North Korea does not doubt that much of the world finds ” … its very existence unacceptable.” Therefore, its very best guarantee that it will not be subject to invasion is its nuclear deterrent.

So, since I’m not worried about North Korea, what is it I worry about? I’m worried about all the recent saber-rattling coming from our government. I don’t trust our government. I’m suspicious about the motives behind our government’s new more-bellicose stance towards North Korea. It is us that have been starting wars lately, and it may be that our government wants to start yet another – with North Korea. It’s certain that North Korea will not start a war with us. They have their deterrent (or so they hope). If a war starts, it will be us that starts it, although we may (and probably would) try to disguise it with a false flag operation. And, if we start a war, how do we guarantee that it will not entail the exchange of nuclear weapons? It’s nuttiness on our part to threaten North Korea. Let’s just let them be, and they will be happy to stay within their borders and conduct their domestic totalitarian business. And their domestic totalitarian business is not our business.

I think it’s time to tell our Congresspeople that we don’t want to go to war with North Korea.

 

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I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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