The Largest Empire in History is Afraid of a Madman?

Imagine sitting on a nice warm beach on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean soaking up the rays. Life could not be any better. Tranquility and relaxation are all around. Then, you see an explosion miles off the coast and reality sinks in. The island is being invaded. But by who? World War II is over, so it could not be the Japanese. “Oh yeah,” you scream with excitement. “I read the brochure. More than a quarter of the island’s area is covered by American military installations. The television told me that Guam is a target of North Korea, so it must be true. We should have rained down ‘fire and fury’ on those bastards before this got out of hand.”

Now, this is the narrative that the United States government has painted in regards to North Korea. Kim Jong-un is an illogical lunatic who is bent on destroying Japan and the United States and reuniting the Korean peninsula through coercion. The United States is innocently minding its own business in South Korea and has become a victim of empty threats by an isolated, third-world nation. Does this not sound like state-run propaganda? If you even suggest that North Korea is not as much of a threat as it is made out to be or that the country is being provoked by the United States, you will likely be called anti-American or a Kim-supporter.

In the United States, we often do not like to bring up what our own government contributes to the deterioration of relations between nations, but if we want to achieve diplomatic solutions to problems in world affairs, understanding how other countries view our government is important. Performing military drills near the DMZ that are perceived as simulations of invasion, sending aircraft carriers as a show of force, and implementing economic sanctions are not ways to make friends, nor will they deescalate the situation.

Granted, North Korea has one of the largest militaries in the world, but let us think from a rational standpoint. If Kim were to attack Guam or any American city, it would inevitably mean the end of his regime. The United States government would conquer the northern half of the peninsula in no time. Even if North Korea could keep up militarily with the United States (which seems highly unlikely), it would collapse under its own weight due to the lack of resources. The country is known for the nightly satellite views depicting the lack of electrical power across the land as compared to neighboring countries. Do we seriously think that a country where a large portion of the population is starving will be a threat to the most powerful empire to have ever existed? So, why then, do we continue to pretend that North Korea is a threat? Is Kim really a suicidal maniac?

I understand that people are afraid when they hear statements that suggest that a rogue nation has nuclear missiles that can reach the American mainland and the leader is ready to utilize them, but we need to put these things into perspective. Are not citizens of weaker nations around the world terrified when they hear rhetoric by American politicians that suggest that if their governments do not comply, they may be the next victim of invasion or economic sanctions? We need to separate rhetoric from action.

If you are not convinced that Kim is a rational player in global politics, let us talk about how war with North Korea would be bad for Americans and the rest of the world. If the United States goes to war, China will likely become involved because it will lose its buffer between an American “territory” and itself. Russia may even come to the aid of North Korea, and a proxy war between South Korea and its allies and North Korea and its allies has the potential to go nuclear. Is it really worth risking this because of pride? Even a conventional war will devastate both sides with civilian and military losses of life, destruction of infrastructure, and economic setbacks. I suppose the military corporations who are connected with the government would make out like bandits, but for most of us, it would mean disaster.

President Trump has made it clear that if North Korea does not comply with the demands of the United States, a military invasion could be underway. Although the launching of a ballistic missile over Japanese airspace is unacceptable, let us not use this as justification for war. You cannot even count on both hands the number of times that the United States has disrespected the territorial boundaries of other countries. As far as the other ballistic missile tests that the United States abhors, there really is not much that can be done, aside from aggressive actions that lead to war.

In conclusion, diplomacy can be a viable solution with North Korea, but this means that the United States has to be willing to give something up. In this case, it means military exercises near the border. It is arrogant to say that the exercises are nonnegotiable, and this violates the very concept of compromise. I urge everyone to do a little research on this topic and come up with your own conclusions. If you read profoundly on these issues, you will likely see that Kim Jong-un is willing to compromise and that the United States is provoking North Korea. If you disagree, fine, but knowing why you disagree is important. Thanks for reading, and please check out my book, The Global Bully, for more information on acts of violence and intimidation committed by the United States government.
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Published on August 30, 2017 16:10
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