North Korea executed 80 people, in some cases, tying them to stakes and machine-gunning them before 10,000 spectators of all ages assembled in a sports stadium. Among the crimes: possessing a Bible. [Read more…]
A new strategy for national defense: hope the enemy’s weapons don’t work.
The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea “has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles; however, the reliability will be low.”
North Korea has threatened to nuke Hawaii, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. Now the Stalinist regime is saying that war could break out “today or tomorrow.” We have heard threats from North Korea before–though not like these–and we always dismiss them on the grounds that North Korea’s leadership is certifiably insane. That’s supposed to make us feel better? A lunatic with nuclear weapons is the worst kind. “Mutually-assured destruction” is not a deterrent for a lunatic. Another reason not to worry is that North Korea is a failed state in desperate poverty. That an adversary is “desperate” is no consolation, since there is always the option of going out in a blaze of glory. There is also that whole face-saving thing so important, I am told, to Koreans that makes it harder to back down.
We can feel better knowing that experts say the country does not have the technical capability to launch missiles that will reach all that far. Let’s hope the experts are right this time. We have sent ships and anti-missile technology to our allies and military bases in the region. China is even moving military units to its borders with North Korea, not knowing what the new “dear leader” Kim Jong-Un might do. [Read more…]
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…]
Hugo Chavez, the Marxist anti-American president of Venezuela, has died of cancer. Meanwhile, nuclear-armed North Korea has said it will cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, due to American sanctions and joint military exercises with South Korea. And Secretary of State John Kerry rattled his sabre at Iran, threatening military action if Iran acquires nuclear weapons and announcing that the U.S. will give non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels. [Read more…]
Still-Communist North Korea says that it will not only continue to develop its nuclear weapons program, but it will also develop long-range rockets and target its nuclear missiles at the United States. “Settling accounts with the US needs to be done with force, not with words,” the North Korean government says. [Read more…]