By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 19, 2017.
Feeling a little gloomy with the war clouds gathering over North Korea? Feeling a bit anxious about the possibility of the first thermo-nuclear weapon attack since the end of the Second World War? No? Well, you should be.
We are currently on the brink of that unspeakable possibility. What to do about it? Pray. And hope.
Hope for what, you might ask? Hope the North Korean missile arsenal cannot deliver nuclear warheads on target. Hope the U.S. missile shield over South Korea and Japan does not have any cracks in it. Hope China will be able to assert a strong enough influence on the mad men and women of the hermit state to make any such attack unacceptable.
We are at a dangerous crossroads in North Korea, one which has been coming a long time. A dynasty of Korean madmen have ensured a completely dysfunctional state, one which cannot even feed its own people without massive food aid from China. And yet it remains one of the most militarized countries in the entire world, a country where executions for failure are instantaneous and assassinations and arranged “accidents” of talented individuals or generals who threaten the influence of the ruling dynasty are commonplace.
North Korea is unstable at the best of times. With the United States adding military pressure at North Korea’s borders, (at the request of its allies Japan and South Korea who are justly afraid) — and with an unstable, young leader at its helm — North Korea is liable to do anything.
Add into this already volatile mix the unpredictable nature of President Donald Trump, and you have the ingredients for a potential disaster.
Julius Caesar once said, “In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.” One misstep by either side in this situation and you could have nuclear missiles streaking toward both Seoul and Pyongyang.
(Tim Kalinowski is a News reporter. To comment on this and other editorials, go to http://www.medicinehatnews.com/opinions.)
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