The Complex Threats of the North Korea Situation

The Complex Threats of the North Korea Situation

North Korea is not going to launch a nuclear weapon at anyone without being provoked and feeling certain that their regime’s livelihood is threatened. So why is the U.S. government (primarily President Trump) provoking them? Since when is war and the ensuing violence and massive casualties preferable to peace, even if it is an uncomfortable peace?

While in a cold war with the Soviet Union the U.S. was not foolish enough to fight with them directly.  Instead we got involved in the fight against communism with countries like Korea and Vietnam.  Why have relations with Vietnam greatly improved since the mid-1970s and things have become progressively worse with North Korea 60+ years after the original conflict?  No war with North Korea would be worth the casualties and environmental damage -which could also be said about the modern day insanity behind any war.  With a unified international pressure (especially from China) the North and its regime will collapse from within on its own and be forced to compromise if they want their society to survive in any form.

Unfortunately,  having allowed North Korea to get to this level of military threat in the first place is a tragic international failure.  Now, in many ways, it’s too late. Either the 25 million North Koreans are going to suffer terribly in the coming years, or millions more in the region will experience catastrophic casualties and destruction, including  potentially hundreds of thousands of military lives.  What the unfit to serve President Trump has been doing is exactly how not to handle this monumentally delicate situation.  Thankfully our far more wiser, informed and skilled military leaders know the true costs of military intervention. We can only hope that their influence is enough to keep matters from getting worse for us and the entire region.