North Korea said it “will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country.” Meanwhile, the UN unanimously passed new sanctions against the eccentric but nuclear-armed communist nation, with even China–which usually protects its client state by exercising vetoes–going along. The White House says not to worry, that we could shoot down a North Korean missile, if they have one that would reach us, which they supposedly don’t.
I know that North Korea is always blustering and threatening. But history has shown that it is unwise to dismiss what dictators and terrorists promise that they will do. Hitler laid out his plans quite early, but hardly anyone took him seriously, until he started carrying them out. It may take North Korea awhile to develop long-range missiles, but isn’t this evidence of what they intend to do with them? Can we afford to just laugh at the North Koreans? But can we do anything other than wait to see if they are serious? [Read more...]