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South Korea honors slain marines; commander vows 'thousand-fold' retaliation
S. Korea commander vows retaliation - World news - Asia-Pacific - North Korea - msnbc.com
Last edited by The Giant Noodle; 11-27-10 at 01:27 AM.
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America's greatest mission for the last 200+ years has been to shatter empires and globalize the world. Obviously, this was in our best interests for survival, but plenty have gone before us with the same sense of self interests without the greater moral clause. North Korea represents the next step in this nuclear game. With much of the world seeking out American sins to soothe their own decrepit histories or criticizing it unfairly without any sense of responsibility, we are quickly being left with no friends and no options. The UN is riddled filthy with dictators and diplomats that only represent themselves. Our enemies can't even figure out a straight story on why they hate us. And our allies do as little as possible with mouse like voices so as to excuse themselves from any responsibility or blame.
The Korean leadership has proven enough to care only for themselves. Their people are of little consequence. With survival of power being their only goal in this world, launching a nuclear weapon into South Korean forces (where American troops have been camped out for decades) is absolutely in the realm of possibility. We are dealing with people who would rather see their people dead than to give them the power to usurp them. They have traveled too far down the road of pride to simply excuse themselves from the very weapon that has sustained them thus far.
The Left has the image of being quite shallow and indecisive , and its a reputation well earned.
In WWII, Germany and Japan weren't just defeated, as Germany was in WWI, they were absolutely devastated. Since then they have both been doing very well making fine automobiles and electronics, pursuits more likely to encourage good will then any ideas of international imperialism.
So the lesson is, if you are going to enter a war, do it quickly and intend to win absolutely convincingly, with no doubt remaining that further punishment will follow should there be any idea of continued warfare. Drop the big one on Kim Jong and his cronies and everyone else will snap to attention quite quickly. The world just has to get serious about this craziness.
the key to resolution of this dilemma is held by china
what is in china's best interest to do?
we can rule out reunification of the koreas as china would lose both its physical buffer and control of a state now in its orbit
we can rule out china tolerating an assault on NK
china does not want to have to assimilate a huge exodus of north koreans fleeing to become wards of the chinese state
neither is it in china's best interest to condone a family of crazy paranoids to precipitate all three of the above results, or a successor military junta which would bring more of the same
we can do little more to directly influence NK's actions. the key is china. the international community needs to take actions which will motivate china to place the government of NK on a short leash
but what would that be? china is a creditor nation and requires no infusion of loans. it can afford to buy political and commercial influence. its defensive military capabilities are adequate, so threat of war will not move it. and while imposing trade restrictions might appear to be an obvious target we need to recognize a few things. first, china could also respond in kind and limit imports to its expanding middle class market. second, china offers goods at a discounted price. who is going to be willing to forgo cheaper goods and instead substitute higher priced alternatives instead? look at the US and its reliance on foreign oil supplies which indirectly funds terrorist actions against our nation .... yet we refuse to cut the oil umbilical cord and develop alternatives - because we want the cheapest available commodity now
so, i don't recognize curtailing trade with china as being the way we incentivize china to bring NK to heel
don't anticipate any quick resolution to this problem. it is one only china can cure and only when china recognizes it is in its best interest to accomplish
Ceding the power to China, and allowing them to take control of the situation, is not in anyones long term interest. This is a lonely decision for American leadership, because they will be criticized from within and without whatever they do. But it the real world they are the leader, not China.