reply to post by Mamatus
For those that understand it, the world political theater is not a simple matter of a bar brawl.
Were it that simple, all the lumbering juggernauts on the planet would own the whole planet where there'd be a total of 4 - 6 super-nations and
No, there's big nations with big sticks and little nations with big mouths and little nations with big mouths and even bigger friends plus nasty
primitive nukes up their sleeves that would garner temptation to retaliate also with nukes which in turn would cause some certain big nations to get
un-friended on the international Facebook regardless the justification of any such response while the big friends of big-mouthed little nation gang up
In other words, NK has friends.
We have friends too.
If we go try giving NK a fat lip or a broken head with the equivalent of a beer bottle or pool cue, NK will likely launch it's nukes.
If NK launches nukes, regardless of whether we launch nukes back, or not, we're going to lose friends because we just started a poop-storm.
If we ignore the nukes and simply respond with space based kinetics, and other 'conventional' material, there's still the matter of China, and
Russia, plus anyone else throwing in on the coat-tails rolling in to respond with their own one-good-turn-deserves-another.
By this time it won't be a proxy war, but, what UN forces haven't bowed out + US going toe to toe, face to face with China and Russia.
World War III
No one really actually wants that.
WWIII happens and the Middle East will Erupt in a Free For All for control of oil, as well as any and every bit of dirty sniping potentially even
including nuclear to take or destroy Israel, and it won't stop there.
In the power vacuum left by no longer having Jews around to hate, new shifts in power and alliances will embroil the region further for control of all
the black gold.
As a fall-back, the US would be forced to forcibly annex/occupy Venezuela and any other opportune oil producers outside the Middle East to continue
attempting to balance hostilities in Asia.
Pakistan and India without the rest of the world eye-balling them will open hostilities again and with nukes already tossed around on the world stage
will both be sweating fingers over big red buttons.
That would just be the start of it.
How's your Russian? or Chinese?