28MAY2009 A Nuclear North Korea

I awoke to the radio news yesterday (or maybe the day before, all I remember was that and needing a cup of coffee...) to the fact that North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb underground and threatened war with any nation that opposed it. On top of the 'space flight' test a couple months ago, and numerous other missile tests, and defiance to any negotiations. Over the last decade at least (that I can remember vividly, however older folks know this pattern of sabre rattling that has been Kim Il-Sung and Kim Il-Chong's SOP since 1953), North Korea has been preparing for this point with false negotiations and gaining concessions from the UN with false promises of 'we stop if you give us food...' Pattern is as follows:
A. North Korea rattles sabre and ends the 'concessions' of the last rounds of talks and proceeds with whatever they were doing before.
B. After the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, and Russia get upset enough (usually a couple weeks) the UN Security Council sends another strongly worded letter (anyone see this in a rather sickeningly hilarious puppet movie?).
C. About six months later, North Korea finally comes to the table and demands that the UN give them food aid, and MAYBE they'll stop
D. A few weeks to months later, North Korea finally signs whatever agreement with the UN and the Six Party Talks, and stops whatever activity it is they were doing... For now...
E. Go back to Step A.

When will the UN, and our government, and I dare say Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK, South Korea) get the idea that North Korea ("Democratic" Peoples Republic of Korea, DPRK) has one leader who thinks he is the son of god (Kim Il-Sung as god) and maintains good continuity and unity of effort in ensuring that they get what they want from the UN and other countries whilst giving up nothing for very long?

Russia, for all they're faults and direct assistance to North Korea by stalling talks and posturing against the US in our efforts there, has noted with some concern that a nuclear armed North Korea is a bad thing. They put their Far East missile defence command on high alert! Maybe they will wake up and figure out that a missile defence shield with the US is a good idea in this case, and perhaps might be less aggressive in their stance toward our bases here in Alaska and might actually decide to help out in regard to the Korean Peninsula.

On the Korean Peninsula, Korean and American soldiers are on high alert (probably not allowed to get drunk...). I'm positive Japan is geared up and American bases there are on alert, as well as Hawaii and Alaska. We are all in range of North Korea based on the last missile test. Here in Alaska, we need to face the reality of the situation. Fairbanks is the second largest city, with two strategic military bases nearby, if we get hit we are dead. I won't bother with a shelter. Anchorage, is the largest population centre in the state with a strategic port, airport, and the headquarters for all military forces in Alaska, if they get hit... We up here lose touch with the world in a manner of speaking. Oil goes through the roof for sure...

What should have happened? Well, maybe an ultimatum. "Develop nuclear weapons, and we'll turn Pyongyang into crater." would have been language the Chonger would understand (Kim Il-Chong). However, diplomacy is the high road that was pursued. Never mind the fact that a state of war has existed between the US, ROK, and DPRK since 1950 when the DPRK invaded the ROK; the 'peace' we have now is only one of the worlds longest cease fires. The Chonger understands this, and operates like that, the UN, US, ROK, Japan, China, and Russia have acted foolishly in forgetting this simple fact. Any soldier who has served in Korea, knows various aspects of this. At least anyone who served in Area 1 within artillery range of the DMZ knowing they were targeted by a pre-planned artillery barrage if the shit hit the fan. Soldiers along the DMZ knew this, with soldiers receiving small arms fire on a regular basis, be they ROK or US Army. Yet the diplomats sitting in their luxury hotels sipping green tea and talking over caviare and crackers that cost more than a soldier makes in a month don't get this.

For the last couple decades, North Korea bought time by playing off the UN, US, ROK, Japan, China, and Russia. Now we see the results of diplomacy. Obviously, its superior to a shooting war isn't it? Perhaps a simple statement of 'ceasefire violation' would have been a sufficient threat (if properly backed by US troop movements meant to re-enforce the Korean Peninsula along with the ability to invade North Korea).

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad of Iran boasts of Iran's increased nuclear fuel production capability. Knowing Iran and DPRK share technology, trade, and have formal diplomatic relations along with a shared hatred of the US and the West along with the ability to manipulate France and other UN diplomats... Lets just face the facts here. The UN and France will sit on their pompous asses sipping Chai tea and talking while Iran builds a nuke. Baring any direct action from Israel, Iran will have nuclear capability and will continue to rattle sabres and likely strike Israel with a nuke. There is no way around it, sad to say. Our government is in the hands of amateurs with no sense of the big stick necessary for being able to get a point across by speaking quietly. Clinton is a fool of a Sec. of State, our House and Senate are run by idiots, and of course our President is a ideological idiot who has no context of the real world. Force is the only language violent men understand, and you must use force against violent men, and you must have violent men to deal with violent men. Diplomacy has worked, but war is just an extension of diplomacy...

On the home front, if you must exercise your right to defend yourself in the event of the robbery, remember to shoot to stop but do not expend more ammunition than is necessary to stop the idiot. A Pharmacist in Oklahoma is facing first degree murder for continuing to shoot a robber after initially shooting and stopping him once. What is sad, is he shot one suspect once, ran after the second, then came back and grabbed another gun and shot the first guy five more times after the initial shot to stop... Bad ju-ju!

Also here in Alaska, more frivolous ethics charges against Governor Palin have been dropped, again. These complaints are being filed using a system Governor Palin established during her time in the legislature interestingly enough. They didn't set up repercussions for frivolous use however... Which I think they should amend considering the political hack job abuse of the complaint system that is wasting tax payer dollars over BS. Its great to have a system in place, but we swiftly see its abuse by various party hacks, both Democrat and Republican.

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