One day, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is threatening a nuclear strike on the United States and its interests. The next day, he says he’s targeting Seoul, South Korea. The day after, that he’s telling Toyko, “You’re first.”
The entire world recognizes that this immature bully is a problem. We just don’t know how serious he is about carrying out his threats. Many people feel it’s all about saber rattling for this young egomaniac in order to gain attention and remove the sanctions that are crippling his country’s economy. Others think he’s crazy enough to do something rash if he doesn’t get his way.
Our government continues to declare that North Korea will continue to isolate itself from the world community with its rhetoric of war. Even if there were such a thing as a “world community,” I seriously doubt if Kim Jong-un would care about becoming a card-carrying member. And I think we all know by now that if North Korea launches another missile, the United Nations will do little more than meet sanctimoniously and then decide to send the country a sternly worded text message.
Once again, it’s up to the United States to do something. People all over the world badmouth us and say we have too much power, but when it comes to dealing with a world bully, they all want to take cover under the American Eagle’s wings and then look up to us to save them. OK, fine. That’s our role, so let’s step up to the plate and fulfill it.
We need to remember that North Korea has threatened to fire nuclear weapons at us and our allies. Should we be sitting around waiting for them to make good on their threats? You can read more about this issue at CNN here.
What would your response be to North Korea’s threats if you were the U.S. president? What does the U.S. need to do in order to get North Korea to start behaving in a civilized manner? It sure seems like talking isn’t working. Please take a few minutes to let me know how you feel about this potentially explosive situation.