a reply to: Noncents
Yeah, they should totally destroy an entire atoll, and irradiate a populated area for kicks, like the good ole' USA!
Honestly though, this is very concerning, regardless of how one feels about any of the key players. It is safe to say that North Korea was always
going to get into the market for nuclear weapons, and so a policy and rhetoric being developed on the part of more experienced owners, like the USA
for example, which seeks better diplomatic discourse, rather than bigger threats and more phallus waving, might have been an idea. Of course, there
are those who will say that such a thing would have availed the world of no benefit, since the North Korean regime is insane by default.
I would agree with that. North Korea's regime is utterly, pants on head, crotch on fire, deliberately tea bagging a bear trap bonkers. However, the
benefit to being an already nuclear armed state, with a reasonable leader, making reasonable and patient suggestions, giving sage and wise advice,
rather than attempting to dictate from a world away, would at least put the US and other players, in a position where, if North Korea made a serious
move, i.e. launching a nuclear weapon in anger, no one would have a word to say about the lack of attempts at diplomacy leading up to the response to
the initial attack. And as we know around here, although it is not as widely known outside our rarefied circles of awareness, the US and other
nations, specifically those in the region, have anti-missile defence systems of staggering potency, which will be more than capable of defeating any
threat posed by an incoming nuclear missile.
The threat presented by a simple ICBM is no where near as great as it was twenty years ago, because of advances in interdiction technology, of the
laser, and kinetic varieties both, which go a damned long way toward mitigating such a threat entirely. Unless Lil' Kim has some stealth tech that
surpasses that which is available to the US (and for the record, like hell they do), or China, or any other world power, which can be deployed onto a
missile platform, then what they have is equivalent to a single rifle, when fielded against an army wielding a forest of rifles, tanks, planes, mortar
launchers, shoulder mounted RPGs and frag grenades.
Again, this is not to be taken lightly, but it is also no where near as much of a concern as it would have been a couple of decades back, and the
thing is that there is no way for a surprise nuclear assault to be enacted against ANY target, by North Korea, because the eyes of the world are on
them, and not just the press, but the intelligence services and military powers of at least three of the most powerful nations on the face of the
world, if not more. Its a bigger teacup than normal, but the storm is still inside it.