Violence is in the air. Flagrant and repetitive threats have been emanating from North Korea over these last 30 days, and, true to its Rooseveltian military ideology of speaking softly and carrying a big stick, the United States has answered by quietly preparing itself for a bloodbath.
In March alone, the U.S. has deployed both the littoral (close to shore) combat ship USS Freedom and the destroyer USS Fitzgerald in response to both publicly made North Korean threats against U.S. bases, and towards its self-declaration as a “nuclear weapons state” respectively. Military drills have become virulent and provocative throughout Southeast Asia, with stealth bombers and invasion drills on the side of the Capitalists, and reequipped and now consistently armed anti-air and ballistic missile bases in North Korea.
It is not the first time tensions have escalated in the Korean Peninsula. Countless threats, some of which have actually been followed through, have been made against South Korea and surrounding territories. In fact, the Korean War never really concluded in the first place, with only a temporary ceasefire arranged. But there’s a different attitude in the air now. North Korea has recently said that it now considers itself in a constant state of war with South Korea, dissipating the armistice and closing its emergency hotlines to Seoul in what it claims is a response to threats of war from the “imperialistic west.”
I would not be surprised if war is declared tomorrow.
But for what? Why is North Korea willing to send its men and women into a battle that is sure to kill more of their own people than any of it’s enemies? It is generally agreed that the war would be, if not quick, at least one sided.
Some perspective. The current leader, Kim Jung Un, is relatively a very young, very new leader to a country that is, usually forcibly, made to consider their leaders as perfect and likened unto a god. In fact, this is one of the reasons the state represses all forms of religion, for there is no one superior to “The Great Leader.” His people are starving, contentiously due to his father’s and his own disobedience to international law, though more directly due to international backlash and its effect on the national economy. International import and export was ruined, and is slowing even with its sole ideological ally, China. His people need to be fed, and this has not been met with complete derision and apathy. Thus, the Korean government feels justified in its threats, given no other option but to give in or collapse from dry-rot. Furthermore, the brand new leader may simply be trying to gain face by showing public anger at his people’s plight. This is made more likely by the extremely open and obvious way they have showed everything from battle plans to weaponry, in the most attention grabbing, and least militarily sound, line of action. This is not a novel statement either. Russia has recently released statements telling the U.S. and North Korea to not let their empty slander escalate into war.
But it may very well not matter. It may be only talk, it may be but the situation is such that any accident, any aggressive action could spark war. If that happens, I personally promise that countless confused and ultimately innocent people will perish off the face of the earth. It is not the first time fat men in expensive clothes in rooms thousands of miles away from battle have signed a contract of genocide for its own people.