Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight
to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Probable Glassification of North Korea

Hong Kong (CNN) -- The North Korean army has declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, the official newspaper of the country's ruling Workers' Party said Monday.

Since last week, North Korea had been threatening to scrap the armistice after the U.N. Security Council passed tougher sanctions against it in response to its February 12 nuclear test.

On Monday, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported that the Supreme Command of North Korea's army had done so.
If North Korea is crazy enough to try to fire off a nuclear weapon, then hell will rain down on their country. For we will have no choice but to nuke them hard.

The world has gone nearly seventy years without a major war between first-rank powers. That is probably damn near a record. The reason that degree of peace has stood is because of nuclear weapons, of a promise that "if you nuke our guys, we will nuke your guys."* That whole regimen of world security falls apart if one nation uses nukes on another nuclear nation (or nations under a nuclear umbrella) and gets away with it. If they hit us, or South Korea, or Japan, we have to hit them back and with no screwing around.

It is getting on towards spring in Korea. The prevailing winds in late April through the summer blow from the southeast. Fallout from a nuclear attack will spread into China or, if the winds shift, Japan. But it will be the Koreans who will bear the worst of it.

If war does come again, we should take a lesson from the First and Second World Wars: It is not a good idea to let an enemy limp off, bloodied but unbowed. For that lies a chance for them to become resentful.** It is better to do as Gengis Khan purportedly said.
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*One of the entertaining and improbable fictions of "Red Storm Rising" was that a major war in Europe could erupt with nobody using nukes.
** The outcome of the American Civil War is another example of that misplaced magnanimity.

2 comments:

Nangleator said...

That loon must have been caught up by his own brainwashing schemes, to think promises of nuclear attack on the U.S. will benefit him at all.

I just wonder what the result will be if they are caught in a clumsy scheme to drive a nuke into a big port, or even to D.C. on a truck.

In RSR, I think Clancy was assuming American Cold War nuclear policy was: "If the Soviet hordes showed signs of overrunning all of Europe, then it was time for nuclear artillery, and let the escalation chips fall where they may." In the book, the Soviet assault ground to a halt fairly quickly, so it was internally consistent to have no nukes in the story.

w3ski said...

Maybe it's more like "The Mouse That Roared". They want to start a war and lose and then get Foreign Aid. I mean look at how much money turned into vapor in Iraq. The Koreans just want their share.
What the heck else could it be beyond a national death wish.
w3ski