posted on May, 3 2010 @ 09:15 PM
reply to post by Misoir
Agreed, it is not the US's role or responsibility to "liberate" North Korea.
Still, if they take the struggle into their own hands it is bound to be a humanitarian disaster because the regime is dependent on "all or nothing"
control systems and has no built-in "steam valve" for handling dissent. It will grow desperate and ugly.
Practically speaking, I think the best possible scenario for NK is a transition towards a China-like slow opening after the death of the current
leader, which will probably occur soon. Too rapid an opening will cause chaos, and continued current conditions can no longer be sustained for a
variety of reasons.
A joint framework for facilitating the transition among the US, Russia, China, South Korea, and Japan in particular would be constructive in easing
the tensions in the area and also bringing the "great powers" together to work peacefully with each other to solve a thorny problem. Leaving North
Korea completely alone endangers millions in neighboring countries as well -- the chances are escalating that a desperate government would play the
"military card" to prop up its fraying control over an angry populace. North East Asia wouldn't look so pretty if they lobbed a nuke or two at, say
Tokyo, now would it?