Let’s stop posturing. The West is pretty much a pushover, and every tyrant out there knows it. Oh we’ll give a good speech. but sometimes we should be delivering good airstrikes instead.
Now I’ll admit, the situation in North Korea has no easy answers. But as I said before, let’s not pretend we’re going to do anything about it, except slap a few sanctions on a government that’s all too willing to watch it’s people starve while it wastes money on outdated military equipment and atom bombs; bombs whose use will insure the current North Korean regime is relegated to oblivion with retaliatory nuclear strikes.
Let’s get it all out in the sunlight. We’re going to wait until North Korea attacks. Is this the right thing? Maybe. By why do our leaders give such stern warnings, such bloated speeches about how Kim Jong Il is “recklessly challenging the international community?”
So what? When has a military build up ever resulted in anything that hurt a despot? Didn’t hurt Hitler. Didn’t hurt the Soviet leaders. Hasn’t hurt Kim Jong Il or Iran’s regime.
To keep the power of our future words intact, let us tell Kim Jong Il: “Keep building and exploding bombs, starving your economy and people, threatening preemptive attacks and generally acting crazy.” At least then he’d know that we mean what we say.
Preemptive attacks by the US are probably out of the question. It’s political suicide. After Iraq, and for the next generation, there will be no more talk of regime change, no matter how heinous the enemy despot. Unless of course North Korea is so foolish as to attack first. Then the fight’s on, and it’ll be over sooner than we can say: “Nuclear Airburst.”
There’s always the possibility that North Korea will sell its bombs to Islamic fundamentalist groups. Some think this may happen because of North Korean poverty. I think it’s more likely to happen just so the North Korean government can sit back and watch the fireworks.
As Morgan Freeman’s character tells Batman in, The Dark Knight: Some people just like to watch the world burn.