Apr 042013
 
 April 4, 2013

 After we all agree that North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has a little too much testosterone, can the rest of us please show some sanity? Peter Hart shows how the testosterone-filled US media is already using its predictable hype to portray the situation: 

The dominant narrative would have you believe that the United States was basically minding its own business when North Korea began lashing out.”

B-2On the contrary, The US and South Korea have been conducting war games at the border for a long time.

Defuse, Defuse, Defuse

But this is not an everyday skirmish, it involves nukes between a country with increasing nuclear ambitions and another with 4,650 working nuclear warheads and a lineup of delivery systems.

Other than nuclear deterrence and provocative war games, where is the imagination when it comes to dangerous situations as the current one with North Korea?  David Krieger writes about this tense moment:

The dangerous game of nuclear roulette is built into the nuclear deterrence paradigm. Each time the hammer of the gun is cocked and the gun is pointed at the other side’s head, the barrel of the opponent’s gun is also pointed at one’s own head. An accident or miscalculation during a time of tension could trigger a nuclear holocaust…

…Nuclear roulette has no winners. It is a game that no country should be playing. But the leaders of countries with nuclear weapons tend to believe these weapons make their own country more secure. They do not. They risk everything we hold dear, all we love and they undermine our collective sense of decency. The only way out of the nuclear roulette dilemma is to unload the gun and assure that it cannot be used again by any side.

We can do far better than we are doing. For the short term, the US should stop conducting provocative war games in the region and instead offer some diplomatic carrots rather than sticks. The US would go far to defuse a dangerous situation by again offering to support North Korea in providing food and energy for its people.

Stephen Long, a North Korea expert warned that a confrontation “will not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war.”

Let us not forget the holocaust horror that a so-called first strike involves and use creativity. That  offer of food and goods instead of B-2 flyovers looks better all the time.