North Korea and nukes – a counterintuitive argument

October 9th, 2006

North Korea is probably the safest country on earth to have nuclear weapons.

Why?

What does the North Korean regime want more than anything else?

To survive.

What would happen if the North Koreans launched a nuclear attack or were found to have provided a nuke to terrorists?

It would be obliterated.

A country like Iran, viagra canada viagra controlled by an apocalyptic leader might be willing to perish in nuclear fire to start the final conflagration between religions…

…North Korean leader Kim Jong-il just wants to prop up his dynastic dictatorship in perpituity.

That said, there I’d hate to be one of North Korea’s neighbors right now. North Korea has shown it’s not above a little nuclear blackmail. And if I were Japan or South Korea, I’d be rethinking my opposition to nuclear weapons in my own country right about now.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fuzz Martin  |  October 9th, 2006 at 9:37 am

    I think the real problem is that in order for Jong-il’s voice to be heard, he might do something stupid like try to sneak a bomb over the US border and detonate it here. Know what I’m saying? I doubt that he would launch an attack on the US (or anybody else) via missile, but rather via ground somehow.

    Just my theory.

  • 2. Nick  |  October 9th, 2006 at 9:46 am

    Yeah… the problem with everyone knowing you won’t use it is that nobody will be scared of it. So he almost has to use it in order to cause the fear necessary for blackmail.

    After all… we have a proven track record of using nukes when we needed to.

  • 3. Administrator  |  October 9th, 2006 at 10:12 am

    Ahh, but when we used one no one had one to use against us.

    If North Korea uses a nuke anywhere first and it can be traced to them, they will be obliterated. It’s standing U.S. policy.

    I don’t think North Korea would feel the risk is worth the reward.

    That’s not to say the North Koreans are angels.

    I think the possibility of them invading South Korea (while they use the threat of nukes to keep the U.S. out of the conflict) just got a lot more likely.

    That’s the real danger.

  • 4. Nick  |  October 9th, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t fear them invading S. Korea proactively at all… even if they had nukes. You gave the reason yourself. If the invaded, the U.S. would respond, and kick their ass, and end the Korean war once and for all. Their only chance of winning would be to use a nuke, but if they did, we’d nuke em back a lot worse.

  • 5. tee bee  |  October 9th, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    You haven’t weighed in the scenario that NK believes it has significant allies, and that the US is currently overextended, militarily.

    Add to that the fact that we weren’t so much “surgical” in our war with Iraq as we were “country doctor,” making a house call. An extended one that leaves more allies alive along with more enemies.

    Until our committment becomes more effective, NK will have a hard time taking us seriously. But I also think they believe they’ve demonstrated their strength and that their next move will be to accomplish an objective in their theater.

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