Thursday, October 19, 2006
On Saturday, The UN Saturday council unanimously approved a series of economic sanction on North Korea, the leader of which recently announced a series of nuclear tests. It has further terrorized the harried U.S. citizens, who are currently facing the nuclear advent of Iran. To a citizen on the West coast, the sanctions sound like a providential deliverance, but can they offer adequate protection to our beleaguered nation?
Let us first examine North Korea’s current situation. According to Times magazine, under the leadership of Kim Jon Ill North Korea is a state of constant decline. In fact, it relies on foreign aid to contain a nationwide starvation, the funds of which a subject to misuse; Jong Ill used over 1 billion dollars of United States relieve funds to construct monuments of “the glorious leader” across the nation. In practice he as your classical tyrant that cold war witch hunters label as “un-American”, brutal and nefarious.
As their financial situation was, they were exceptional in their military power. However, North Korea recently chose to expand further by developing nuclear weapons. With their geographical location, N. Korea is fully capable of attacking the West Coast with ease. Alarmed, the nations attempt to first negotiate and now with sanctions, hoping to control the situation.
What the United Nations missed is North Korea’s motive: What is it that makes the country build missiles instead of growing wheat? Simple. With these missiles, the nation is now a threat to anyone within its missile range. As the last of the old-liners in the communist revolution, it holds onto the dream to ‘unite’ the world’s workers (more like the world itself) under the red flag. Thus armed with the missiles, North Korea is ready to open the can of Asia domination and assault its contents at its leisure.
But does the nation really dare to use its new toys? As the old adage goes, any country that dares to fire a nuke is going to be literally leveled by everyone else. If we put North Korea’s advent in this perspective, we must logically conclude that North Korea is simply claiming its place with the “big boys” on the block, who are all holding their respective nuclear cherry bombs and afraid to light them. The only conceivable way that North Korea can use the missiles is as a downgraded bargaining chip, holding others at bay with the threat of trading its bomb building techniques with other nations.
In short, the “bully” is suffering only a case of insecurity. While seeming dangerous, there can be positive outcomes. As North Korea’s neighbor, China can strengthen its standing among the nations and bolster its name with civil rights groups by stopping all energy shipments and opening its borders, allowing refugees to flood across and weaken North Korea’s production capability. Combined with NATO- assisted blockades, the nation will be forced to give up from hunger, ending the conflict before further escalation. With calmness and tact from both citizen and leaders, the bombs will become an empty threat, allowing for a final resolution at the conference table, and not the battlefield.
Truth, freedom, knowledge.