North Korea! Fight or NOT to Fight!
That is the question!
The recent concerto of insults between Kim Jung Un and Donald Trump was neither pleasing to the ear nor inspiring to our naive imaginations. If nuclear war were to break out, no one could envision what the outcome might be. It’s one of those quandaries that have remained unanswered for decades.
Some history: during the Cold War the Soviet Union and the USA did not enter into a nuclear kinetic confrontation. Both sides realized that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the symbols of two Japanese cities that were evaporated in fractions of a second. Consequently, a world war consisting of nuclear confrontations would serve no purpose other than reaffirm man’s own self-destructive tendencies.
During the fifties and sixties, no country was better prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike than the Soviet Union. However, the leaders particularly Nikita Khrushchev were acutely aware of the repercussions of WWII. In that conflict, millions of brave Soviet soldiers and civilians died fighting for Stalingrad. That was not gratuitous violence. Russia was fighting to end the war that Nazi Germany had initiated years before.
In contrast, North Korea has no need to respond to the tweets of POTUS Trump. Leaders who have experienced the actual carnage/ disaster of war are not apt to initiate or precipitate a war. It’s imperative that both Kim Jung Un and Trump lower their parallel self-destructive rhetoric ASAP! Nothing beneficial can come from mutually assured boisterous accusations [MABA] vs. mutually assured destruction [MAD].
It would behoove Chinese President Xi Jinping to assist the world in preventing the eminent conflagration of his financial/political toady, Kim Jung Un. Similarly, it would behoove our POTUS to understand that verbal mud-slinging must soon be replaced with skilled diplomacy.
When there is no modicum of trust between two distant adversaries; incidental conflagrations might arise more frequently and sooner than one might have expected. It terms of military preparedness, it is wise to game out any scenarios where there could be kinetic action among several participants. Such players would be:
- South Korea
It is a completely different matter to actually realize any successful outcome of a nuclear/hybrid war among these five participants. Nothing could survive the radioactive blasts/fireballs that would be hurled into a highly dense population of 25 million innocent people that live in close proximities of the thirty miles between the DMZ and Seoul. Most of these innocent people are below the age of forty years old.
The Korean peninsula would erupt into a maelstrom of fire, debris and radioactive waste. Nothing could survive. The notion of an unscathed contiguous China, Japan, or Russia would be ludicrous.The South China Sea would be aflame with all types of artifacts. For all practical purposes, merchant shipping around the world would be non-extant.
It’s time for some mature cognition. It would behoove both warring sides to do the unexpected—send ambassadors to each side.
More history: General/President Dwight Eisenhower understood the lessons of war. The first assignment of this novitiate Republican was to end the pathetic war in Korea  where 36,914 brave American troops died in combat and 20,617 passed away from other deaths [CBS News, June 5, 2000]. On each side, the casualty tallies run as follows:
- dead 178,405
- missing 320,925
- wounded 566,434
- dead 750,000
- missing 145,000
- wounded 789,000. [Wikipedia]
- Total number of civilians killed/wounded: 2.5million.
America usually has POTUSs who have never been in the military or seen any kinetic actions yet who insist on sending us to war [ Obama, Bush Jr., Clintons, Reagan, LBJ]. Trump promised something different.
Dexter Gordon, the famous American jazz tenor saxophonist, said the following:
“In nuclear war all men are cremated equally.”