North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric just before the U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions against the reclusive country.
How do you think the US should handle this?
North Korea has a habit of using threatening rhetoric whenever the UN sanctions them. Either they're trying to bluff and bully the world into giving them what they want or (more likely, in my opinion) they're trying to enhance an already-prevalent the world is our enemy mindset within the North Korean people, who starve and suffer while the country's political elite live in luxury.
Estimates are that one in ten North Koreans starve to death.
Of course, the threat is all bluff and bluster, and it's simply impossible for them to attack the US in any meaningful way, let alone with a nuke. If they were actually capable of doing so, China (their ally) would likely destroy them even before the US could retaliate. So... no chance of an actual attack happening.
America and the UN have decided to roll their eyes at the threats and to tighten the embargos even more.
I don't agree. Now, I don't like war; I was (and remain) strongly opposed to the war in Iraq, and I wish that we'd pull out of the war in Afghanistan. Threatening (however hollowly) to launch a "pre-emptive" nuke at the US is beyond the pale, and starving them out really only kills more and more innocent civilians.
Since we are technically still at war with North Korea, I think that a large-scale (conventional) strike against them is in order. I'm not saying Bomb them back to the stone age! or anything, but we ought to take out every single nuclear-related facility in their country, including their so-called "suicide sub", and put a stop to this stupidity once and for all.
No ground troops, no building democracy, no Korean War 2.0... just one big stream of booms, a smug "You were saying?", then back business as usual.
What do you think? Are sanctions enough?
Last edited by FlakeNoir; March 7th, 2013 at 01:16 PM.
Reason: Edited at Sepia and Dust's request