I don't think you have any idea of the fire-power that NK can unleash, particularly on South Korea and US forces stationed
I think it quite arrogant and conceited of you that you assume greater knowledge than I of North Korea's military assets. I am well aware of the known
capabilities of North Korea. They have 3 types of missile that we know actually function, and a fourth that they are working on. It is the fourth type
of missile - the Taepong 2, which is causing US military chiefs real concern as it is an ICBM (intercontinental Ballistic Missile) capable of reaching
most of the mainland US. If North Korea get this missile functioning and are able to fit multiple nuclear warheads to it, it will change the ball game
US military chiefs have stated that North Korea cannot be allowed to have such a missile, hence all the heightening of tensions regarding that
country. Basically, what you have with the North Korea situation is very similar to the Cuban Missile crisis. North Korea, like the Russians back in
1962 in Cuba, are racing to have nuclear-armed assets made ready and capable of reaching mainland US. Clearly, this is an intolerable situation for
everyone, especially so when those assets are controlled by a megalomaniac dictator such as Kim Jong-un, who will clearly use those assets at the
One can understand the reasons why Kim Jong-un seeks such assets, because the Cuban Missile crisis came about due to American aggression towards Cuba
during the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Russia sought to provide Cuba with defensive capabilities against American aggression, and started placing medium and
long-range nuclear missiles in Cuba.
For Kennedy and US military chiefs, this was intolerable, and they took the world to within a whiskers length of nuclear war to have them removed. The
situation is very similar here with North Korea.
Then if there was a conventional war, then it would involve untold loss of life on both sides. That must be averted at all cost.
No. Not at all cost. By all means, seek a diplomatic solution, and involve whoever you need to bring about a peaceful solution, but at the moment,
North Korea seeks no such compromise. Kim Jong-un believes North Korea should have nuclear-capabilities, and on achieving them, will no longer be able
to be treat like a little kid on the playground.
Remember, appeasement does not work. If Kim Jong-un sees his threats succeed in reducing sanctions and other penalties against him, he will constantly
use them to get what he wants. If war is what it takes to rein him in, then so be it. That's the non-wanted situation we are all in, but we all have a
responsibility to face it head on. To cower and turn our back on it would be the greatest act of irresponsibility ever committed.
From a western point of view, our regret is that we do not have a Kennedy leading us from the front, we have a 'reactive' president who is not capable
of displaying true political statesmanship, and will be lead by the hawks in his administration.