In less than two weeks, the United States has bombed both Syria (59 Tomahawk Missiles) and Afghanistan (1 MOAB “Mother of All Bombs”).
Currently, a large part of the Pacific Fleet is moving within firing range of North Korea, to intercept any missiles or nuclear test missiles they may fire during their upcoming anniversary celebration.
If we, the United States, intercept anything lobbed by North Korea, I cannot say for certain we’ll be here next Saturday to enjoy sunshine and soccer games.
North Korea is a desperate country. A large part of their population lives in abject poverty and is unelectrified. Money, what there is of it, goes into the military infrastructure.
Kim Jong-Un, the current leader of North Korea, is only 33 years old, and largely untested. He has been brought up to be revered as a god, as were his father and grandfather before him. He has purged his circle of anyone who might be threat to him, including relatives.
What we here in the west don’t really understand is that if Kim feels that he is being backed into a corner, in order to not be shamed in front of his generals and population, he will destroy South Korea and as much of Japan as he can before he is destroyed. North Korea has nothing to lose.
Most of us here in the United States, because we are oceans away from Asia, really don’t understand the Asian cultures. We’ve never had to deal with anyone even on our own soil who has nothing to lose. Our military intelligence concerning North Korea is sketchy; we don’t know how much weaponry or what types they truly have — do we risk destroying half of Asia to stop them from showing off a test rocket?
We are a larger, wealthier nation and as such, it is up to us to, pardon the expression, be the bigger man.
Diplomacy is still a better course of action instead of belligerence. North Korea needs food. It needs medicine. It needs the things we can provide through diplomacy, but we have to invest in understanding the Korean culture, and allow for deviation from isolation.