Friday, September 03, 2004

The North Korean Threat

Just trying to get a discussion started.....
Does anyone feel threatened by the North Korean government or it's military. Do you think the view of a Korean threat as displayed by the media is accurate?

3 comments:

Reese Davidson said...

I don't think I feel that threatened yet. Supposedly they don't have missiles that could reach the US. And if war did break out, their military wouldn't stand a chance. I'm more worried about Arab terrorists building a "crude bomb" or whatnot and detonating it in my hometown (NYC).

About North Korea's nukes, I am more worried about them selling nuclear weapons to terrorist groups or Middle Eastern nations than them launching an attack on the US or Japan. Hopefully we won't have to deal with either of these problem..........

David Kornreich said...

I think the North Korean threat is definitely credible. With so much of their money being spent on the military, it is undeniable that they will be able to purchase and/or manufacture missiles with the capability to reach the West Coast of the US. The results of this would be catastrophic.

I think that an actual military skirmish between North Korea and the US should be avoided at all costs. I don't doubt the ability of the US armed forces to beat the North Korean army, but I don't think a military standoff would be easy. Their warlike government dedicates almost all of its money to the military, making it probably a relatively strong foe.

It's probably best to find a diplomatic solution to this problem (and soon), but the North Korean government's demands makes this very difficult.

John Woodside said...

I would have to say I agree with Reese right now. I don't believe Korea has missiles capable of hitting the U.S. nor will have them anytime too soon. Mutually Assured Destruction also still applys. I think If N. Korea did obtain the ability to hit the U.S they still would not attempt to do so. I'm much more concerned with N. Korea selling nukes/technology, using subversive methods for setting of a bomb (ie. detonating a bomb on a boat in a harbor), or using nuclear weapons as leverage in political demands.