Post by kerouac2 on Sept 4, 2017 18:46:51 GMT
I was going to put this on the debate thread, but I changed my mind, even though I am sure that any discussion will turn into a debate rather quickly -- and that's normal.
Current events have alarmed quite a few people around the world, but it is rather difficult to decide which country is more alarming -- North Korea itself or the country that keeps threatening it? North Korea's closest neighbours have learned to live with it over the years -- China finds it useful for cheap labour, goods and raw materials. South Korea is bound to it like a Siamese twin and can never really wish it any harm due to all of the family ties and shared culture and language. And Japan has the complicated situation of perhaps being responsible for all of this due to its horrible treatment of Korea when it was a bloodthirsty regional power. And all of these countries have religious philosophies which sort of understand the mindset of North Koreans and understand it, far more than the Occidental mind could ever do. This is not at all a defense of North Korea, but if I had to make a list of countries that I find are doing totally unacceptable things, the list would quickly have at least 10 other counties on it which would make me think of another 10 to add immediately. The world is not a perfect place, and those of us who live in "reasonable" countries should thank our lucky stars.
Anyway, in terms of what is happening now -- testing an H-bomb and all that -- I don't know what is being said in the United States, but after the initial shock, quite a few of the political analysts here are saying that the reaction of President Trump (and to a lesser extent the Asian allies) has only proven to North Korea that it did the right thing. It has always said that its weapons are defensive, and the reaction of a lot of the world has completely validated the fact that it needs to defend itself. (It is actually sort of a replay of the USA-USSR standoff that lasted for so many years -- neither country had any intention of invading the other one, but they both acted as though they were under a constant threat of attack.)
Naturally, the DPRK has done lots of shitty things over the years -- kidnapping people, assassinating dissidents -- but so have quite a few of our "allies." Would it have done these things if the rest of the world had been friendlier? Who knows?
I guess I'm an optimist, but I don't think that anybody is foolish enough to use nuclear weapons, no matter what posturing they might adopt to intimidate their opponents. So I have not really worried much about all of this rhetoric. I would not have worried at all if the two national leaders in question were not so weird.
To end on a happy note, a music video that I have always enjoyed. Music soothes the savage beast.