Testing times in North Korea
Please someone reassure me that what is going on is no more than brinkmanship. Why on earth is the South provoking the North with these military exercises? They are mad enough to push the button.
I read that the North Koreans have backed off their belligerence. China is stoking this fire and the South is showing that it will not be pushed around.
The Kim family have nuclear weapons to help them stay in power, but nothing lasts forever.
While the North has nuclear weapons they are nowhere near as powerful as what everyone else has sitting in their bunkers. They have the bomb but no launch capability and no effective way of actually using it. Yet ...
I suspect that any aggressive rhetoric from the North is just an attempt to get the West to feed their citizens for them and to loosen sanctions on fast cars and expensive cognac.
In many ways North Korea again shows the total brilliance of George Orwell and his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
I say we just remove the border between the two of them, make it a no-go zone and let them fight it out. Victor takes all.
Do you want a nuclear-armed totalitarian regime terrorising the whole Korean peninsula, undoing 60 years of progress in the South?
Most likely there would be nothing left to take.
It all looks very messy and potentially violent. I hope extreme caution is practised. Unfortunately, launching missiles that pass over other states' territories cannot be dressed up as "caution" in any language.
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