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Newswires around the world are running hot with news of the latest ICBM test by North Korea and the reactive rhetoric from the likes of Donald Trump.
Trump has been quoted as saying that N.Korea could face "some pretty severe" consequences as a result of the arrogance it has shown by testing its latest missile.
Now one part of me says that it would make sense to do everything possible (perhaps even including military action) to nip N.Korea's plans for creating a stockpile of nukes that could reach halfway across the planet -- but the other part asks why N.Korea shouldn't be allowed to have such an arsenal, given that so many other countries have exactly the same.
Surely it is the ultimate in hypocrisy for the USA to claim that these weapons of potential mass destruction are bad and ought not be developed by N.Korea -- whilst itself sitting on and continuing to develop a stack of them so large that they have the potential to erase all traces of life from the planet.
Some might say "but Kim Jong Un can't be trusted with such power" -- to which I'm tempted to reply "and the USA can?"
I've seen very little evidence of N.Korea meddling in the domestic politics of other countries in the way that the USA has done for many decades.
I've seen very little evidence that N.Korea is happy to engage in military attacks on sovereign nations in the way that the USA has repeatedly done (Iraq for example).
In fact, if we use solid, irrefutable fact on which to base our threat index, I'd say that we'd all be better off denuking the USA than restraining N.Korea's plans to join the ICBM nuke club.
Last time I checked, N.Korea was a sovereign state and although few of us would likely agree with the policies of its internal politics and its sabre-rattling on the world stage, surely it has just as much right as the USA, Russia, Great Britain, France and all the world's other nuclear powers, to develop weaponry to protect that sovereignty.
You might have some sympathy for the USA's stand when you listen to Kim Yong Un's threats to nuke the US mainland - but then again, have you been listening to what Trump's been espousing of late?
Both sides are just as bad as each other I'd say.
Ah, but let's not forget that N.Korea is run by a despot who thinks nothing of killing his own people for political purposes. But hang on, the US Federal government also kills its citizens by way of capital punishment for crimes and treason (a largely political crime) still carries that death penalty. It could be said that the only difference between the USA and N.Korea is the scale of that killing -- neither nation has clean hands and I see little difference between executing someone with anti-aircraft guns (as N.Korea has reportedly done) and frying them to a painful death in the electric chair (as the USA has done).
So what right does the USA have to try and bully N.Korea into dropping its weapons program? Absolutely none.
Although they like to think they are, the USA are not the "world police" and have no more right to dictate to another sovereign state than N.Korea itself does.
We've already seen what happens when powerful nations abuse their power by way of creating specious threats to peace (where are Iraq's weapons of mass destruction George and Tony?) and using them to attack another sovereign state.
Hmmm... isn't this exactly what Kim Yong Un is doing right now? He's claiming that the USA is planning to attack N.Korea and that he must defend against them or perhaps even make a pre-emptive strike.
Strangely enough... the US government thought it was OK for them to make such a strike against Iraq but now they feel it's not okay for another nation to make the same claims against them.
As I said... hypocrisy!
Quite frankly, I wish they'd just lock these two petulant children (Kim and Trump) in a padded cell and give them both fluffy pillows with which to wage their war. Winner takes all -- game over, zero civilian and collateral damage.
Sure beats nuking the snot out of the Northern Hemisphere if you ask me.
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