Well, let me start by saying that I am no stranger to Debates, especially those of a Political Nature. I have long been Deeply Involved with, &
Studying History, Politics, & likewise areas of Interest since as early as I can recollect. Not to mention the fact that One of my Major Focuses in
University Studies happens to be Political Science, & International Relations. Also, I have had the Fortunate opportunities throughout my young life
to experience Overseas Travel, a Multitude of Cultures through Friendships, & a Deep understanding of the Political Process through my Area of
Now, with the aforementioned having set a tone of sorts in regards to who I am, & how I have been involved in the field of Political Discourse, I
would like to openly discuss a conversation I had as of recent with an acquaintance of mine.
This entire conversation began with a discussion of the United States Military, & my Family members who happen to be currently Serving/Have Served. I
am from a Deep Military Family, which by all accounts runs Generations deep (As far back as Records can account for). My family has a History as well
in regards to Explorers, Statesmen, & so forth.
Anyways, my Acquaintance, as well as His Wife, & a Family Member of mine were discussing this subject matter. He was talking about how he had never
had experience with anything of a Military Nature, & it was so new to him to discover individuals with such a strong connection to such (He is
originally from India, & he moved here in 1993 (To The Washington, D.C. Area) ). As this conversation was drawn out, I made mention of a coincidence
in the News where an Admiral had recently agreed with my Father on a certain action which might be taken in the Next Week or So (My Father is a
Retired USN Captain, & Dartmouth Pre-Med Graduate). This action involves the Readiness of the United States Navy in performing an Intercept of the
Long-Range Missile which North Korea is about to Test-fire. I found this Public Statement by the Admiral to not only be the Correct Course of Action,
but also Politically Wise in Nature (CYA Anyone?).
As we discussed this, my Acquaintance, an individual who is usually extremely chill, laid back, & agreeable with me on any number of subject matters,
began to start shooting off with Opinionated Partisan sounding Rhetoric. I must say that I was a little taken back by his constant barrage of
discontent with the Action being discussed, & I was hardly able to manage complete sentences without being cut-off multiple times. I appreciate a Good
Debate, but I do not like a one sided "Jabber fest" if you will. I seek quality based Points of Fact, but not Rhetoric emanating from a Lack of
As we were (Attempting) to debate the issue, I could not believe my ears in what I perceived as an upmost amount of Hypocrisy, & Naivety as well. The
conversation became so jumbled, but recollecting it in the best order which I can, he began early in the conversation by stating that: "The United
States has no right to interfere with another Nation's Weapons Testing". I essentially told him that: "It is a matter of not only sending a message
to the Regime of Kim Jong Il that we should Intercept their test, but it also serves to undermine his own Authority amongst his peers; in that it
displays his Incompetence & Inaptitude at successfully flaunting & carrying out threats against the United States". In other words, the more
embarrassed Kim Jong Il becomes over a long period of time, the more that his Authority & Decisions become undermined within the eyes of his peers
(Think of a Frustrated Military Commander, or Political Party Member, & the shifting tide which can allow for them to take a Grab at Power (away from
Kim Jong Il) ).
So this progressed forth, & he even made the claim that: "We cannot Intercept their Missile because then we will spill Radiation everywhere". I told
him: "It is Not a Nuclear Weapon, as it is a Test Maneuver, & therefore we have no such Concerns". He then (I will relate the rest of this later on)
began discussing how we need to focus on Pakistan, where the: "Real Terrorists Are", & how North Korea is: "Not a Real Threat to us". I said that:
"North Korea has the Capability with the Missile in the upcoming test, to in fact hit Alaska." He stated that: "Well, so what, so does Russia, &
many other Nations, but what can we do to stop it?” I then said: "If we can stop it, or at the very least slow down their ability to do so, then
why would we not take the opportunity to do such?” He said: "We cannot stop people from obtaining Nuclear Weapons, & we do not have the right to do
it either". I then declared that: "We have every right as the reigning International Power, to take whatever actions we deem as necessary in order
to secure OUR Future."
He then went on about how: "We have no right to tell others what they can or cannot do, we need to just leave everyone alone, we have no right to
interfere". I then told him that: "This is a Dog Eat Dog World, & Survival of the Fittest has been a proven fact of life throughout History. Any
Nation who has it in their Power will see to it that they not only Survive & Prosper, but that they also remain Secure in their Existence for as long
He then repeated his Position on North Korea, & about our need to: "Focus on Pakistan Only". I then told him that: "Taking such a narrow approach
will do nothing but allow for our backdoor to remain wide open for attack by an enemy of ours such as North Korea". He then said that: "North Korea
is so far away, let South Korea & China worry about them", to which I replied: "China is an ally of theirs, & as such, who do you think is providing
them with Logistical support?". He then repeated his idea of North Korea being: "So far away", and I responded by stating: "Yes, go ahead &
remember that when a Nuclear Warhead ends up obliterating Anchorage, AK wiping out half of the State's Population in One Attack".
Then he went back again to the idea that the: "United States has no right to interfere in their [North Korea's] Weapons testing, as it poses no
threat to us", to which I again replied: "If this Weapon was solely being tested over their Nation, then I could agree, but it will leave their
boundaries & take flight over International Waters. The moment this occurs, North Korea loses any & all Sovereign Jurisdiction, & we can take whatever
action which we so deem necessary in the preservation of our National Security, & the Security of the High Seas".
So, let me take a breather now folks, as I understand there is a rash attack of quoting & quipping present throughout my aforementioned account of the
"Debate" which I had with an acquaintance.
Anyways, this conversation went ALL over the place, & eventually my Acquaintance began discussing his deep contempt for Pakistan. He then said:
"India complained about Pakistan for years, they told America about the Terrorist problem, Kashmir, & of the attacks which took place on Indian soil.
Yet no actions were taken". I then said: "Well, according to you we should not interfere in others affairs". He then went ON, & ON, AND ON about
how we need to go after Pakistan. (NOTE THE EXTREME HYPOCRISY BASED UPON HIS OWN CONTEMPT). I told him quite frankly that: "We cannot simply attack
the Nation of Pakistan, if for any reason, the simple fact remains that they have amassed an impressive Nuclear Arsenal. If their Government succumbs
to a Fatal Structural Collapse due to our Direct Attack upon it, then can you imagine the free for all which would allow the Nuclear Weapons to come
into the possession of Terrorists?” He then said: "Well, the Nuclear Weapons are already not secure, & the Government has already collapsed". I
then replied: "Hardly, they still have a functioning Intelligence Agency, Counter-Terrorism Division, & Military. A true Collapse would appear worse
than you are obviously able to comprehend".
Then, to simply go all out, I said: "We should strike the Taliban held Frontier Region of Pakistan with Tactical Nuclear Warheads". Then he replied:
"No, no, we cannot do that, too many children & women will die", to which I replied "Hey, you wish to go to war with them, what are you expecting?
Innocent casualties are a sad yet factual reality of ANY War, & they cannot be prevented; unless you wish to follow the likes of Vietnam & parade
around while committing to no effective battle plan".
So this went on for quite a while, with my Acquaintance continuing his idea that the United States should stick to Isolationism, yet we should somehow
Attack Pakistan at the same time.
Then we went back to North Korea, & he said that we need to: "Simply talk to our enemies in order to sort things out". He said that Kim Jong Il told
President Bush that: "Hey, I wish to talk you, what do you want from us, & how can we accommodate you?", & that President Bush simply said: "I
don't want to talk to you". I retorted: "Kim Jong Il never made ANY Such proposal, & President Bush simply demanded for Pre-Conditions to bet met,
such as the dismantling of an Enrichment Facility". I told him that: "You cannot simply sit down & talk to an egomaniac, without accepting
Pre-Conditions, as this further inflates their Status & Aura of Legitimacy amongst their peers". Yet he went ON & ON about: "Talking to our
So, I could most likely type a HUGE page with the entire transcript of this "Debate", but bottom line, this is the portion of the conversation which
I wish to at least put forth for now.
As you can see, I was struck by what I perceive as my Acquaintance's Naivety, Hypocrisy, & downright Ignorance when it comes to World Affairs. I
simply wonder, why do so many from this Generation (Both My Acquaintance’s & Mine), the "College Aged Generation" as I call it, believe in such
Idealistic yet Non-Realistic Views of the World as we Know It? Is this the Future of America & the "Free World"?