North Korea and the Bomb

Posted by Larry Miller on May 26, 2009 under How | 2 Comments to Read

North Korea set just set off nuclear and missile tests that set the western nations all atwitter. Kim Jong-Il loves the attention, sort of like a crazy man with a gun at the local mall. Only things aren’t quite so straight forward when the actors are nations. We can’t just send in snipers and eliminate the danger. I know I felt better when I saw the brief statement by our President strongly condemning this action and promising to work with the international community in strongly condemning the tests and promising to work for even more severe sanctions on the rogue regime.

The fact that such responses have been so effective in the past is encouraging. Wait a minute… in reviewing the history of our relations with North Korea it seems that such actions have produced no change in actions and policies of the Asian nation. Perhaps the leader is unaware of the displeasure expressed by the international community as the state run press certainly will not be carrying any stories critical of his actions… sort of like the New York Times and the Obama administration.

If only we could get his personal email address so the President could contact him directly with his strongly worded message… maybe using ALL CAPS and perhaps even bolding some of the stronger words for emphasis. Then we might be able to get through to Kim Jong-Il, who, wanting to be a good neighbor to us all, will abandon the program.

If this doesn’t work, there is talk of pressuring China to encourage North Korea to put the brakes on their nuclear program. This is an excellent plan as our good friends the Chicoms have always been looking out for our well being and would be happy to help us out by easing world tensions. Some might say we don’t much leverage with China anymore, I’m not sure this is true. The United States has become such a huge customer for Chinese goods and they have bought so much of our debt, we need to approach them in terms of protecting their investment. We need to explain that if the crazy Korean starts lobbing nukes at the US, it would make it much more difficult for us to pay back the loans they have given us.

This pretty well sums up our options in dealing with North Korea… or any other bad actor on the international stage… if a bit facetiously. The country is already isolated. It would be hard to separate it any more from normal nations with goals of peacefully pursuing their own welfare and goals. They do not care what we say or think.

As far as depending on the Chinese – for all we know, they may behind these efforts to destabilize the international scene and show the ineffectiveness of our President through a client state. Washington is not the only capitol that values plausible deniability. They are already doing their best to destroy our economy… a little more pressure will make that job a little easier.

So what do we do? I don’t have access to all the security briefings and wisdom of Vice President Joe Biden, but I certainly hope the Obama brain trust does not come up brilliant plans like sending in the Marines or “surgical” air strikes. Even though it is run by a psychopated leader, North Korea is still a sovereign nation. They perceive the freedom loving people of the west… those of us that remain… as a threat and are arming themselves for a potential conflict. To them this is the truth and a nuclear North Korea may just be a fact of life in the twenty-first century.

Does this mean that the United States must roll over to petty dictators like this? Or even major dictators in China or Russia? With the technology and the finest military personnel in the world, this is not necessary. We can’t relax or become complacent in our international interactions. We can’t foolishly assume that everyone has our live and let live attitude. We need to let any nation that thinks we are a paper tiger understand, actions against us or our friends will have very negative consequences for them. Will this require a brain transplant in the occupant of the White House? I hope not.

Beyond this, we need to recognize that the profligate spending that us burying this generation and generations to come in debt to the very people we my have to depend on to support our actions is pure madness in maintaining our influence in the world. Again, I have to ask, will this require a brain transplant in the occupant of the White House? Again, I hope not.

I definitely don’t have all the answers, but from the track record of the first hundred plus days of the new President, it is apparent the new administration is flailing about to find even some of the answers. It may be that it is only the grace of God that is preserving us from disaster… and if we are depending on Him to keep us safe, it may be best not to tick Him off with all sorts of plans and foolish actions that violate His instructions on how we should be living.

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  • Cheryl Toliver said,

    Kim Jong-Il may or may not be psychopathic, but, from what I’ve read in law reviews and political journals, from the day he was born, Kim was told he was divine, that his father was divine and isn’t really dead, and the North Korean people have been indoctrinated with this belief along with him. Believing himself to be God and thus ruler of the world and universe, Kim does not see himself as bound to human treaties or international law, no matter what North Korean negotiators agree to.

    So, for the rest of us, we haven’t a prayer of dealing with Kim unless we figure out a way to deal with him and North Korea from within their world view, even if it means working to shatter it, so some sense of reality can be perceived within the country. I think the Holy Spirit has brought about the increase in Christian faith in South Korea just for this purpose – when the deception of Kim’s false divinity is broken, there are going to be a lot of North Koreans in need of spiritual healing, and, hopefully, the South Korean Christians will be able to help them, which in turn will help the rest of us in the world in dealing with them.

    In the meantime, yes, we need to keep praying for God’s intervention.

  • Allyn Kemp said,

    The president doesn’t need a brain transplant, the white house needs a presidential transplant. The method coming soon to a voting booth near you.

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