With North Korea on the verge of being a viable nuclear threat to the US, and with our threatening North Korea with military action, it is time for the world to decide once and for all if it will threaten North Korea or accept it. For the past 20 years, North Korea has rattled nuclear sabres and we’ve threatened them and even considered military options, but the reality is if we attacked 100s of thousands of people in Seoul and Japan will die so we end up backing off. Now, North Korea is closer than ever and we are at the tipping point so if the world is not willing to sacrifice South Korea (not saying it should!) then we have to accept the fact that North Korea very soon will be a nuclear power with the ability to wipe out millions of people and the very world. Threats aren’t going to work.
It seems to me that North Korea is craftier than we think and really just wants to be taking seriously. I’m no expert but if we get down to brass tacks and figure out a way to work with a crafty country that feigns madness rather than forcing them into the bad boy corner and treating them like they are a mindless third world dictatorship, we might be better off.
Since the 90s, American businesses have been funnelling massive amounts of money to China and its factories/workers. Microsoft, etc. have channeled a lot of work that was once done in the US to China, which has essentially shut down many of the factories that once made the US powerful, essentially transferring untold wealth and power to China. SO now that we are threatening to stop trade with China, it seems a little late – in all likelihood, China is more financially powerful than we are at this point in time. The time to make those feelings known was in 2000, not 2016 🙂
I’ve seen references lately that Rome suffered through a leader like Trump (Caligula), survived him and had several more centuries of power. Some thoughts about that:
- The world moved slower then. Empires lasted longer because the world moved at a slower pace before powered engines, flight and instant communication. So a few centuries then is a much shorter time frame than now.
- Rome did not “survive” Caligula — they assassinated him. Not saying we should assassinate anyone, but the Romans took matters into their own hands (i.e. Acted rather than waited).
- Rome was facing challenges, but not the same as today I dont’ think. They did not have a powerful China, an antagonist in Russia and small states with nuclear missiles to contend with. I feel like these are much more dangerous/lethal times for the US, than Rome was facing with Caligula. Stakes are higher — and more instantaneous — for us at this moment than Rome faced in 1st Century AD/CE.
It’s scary to think where the world might be today with Trump in office at the times that Abe Lincoln, FDR, Ike and JFK had to navigate scary times.
Anyway, my two cents.
Was curious about our prison stats after our censuring N Korea for holding 80-120K prisoners: About 1 in 100 Americans (2.5 million) are imprisoned, prisons are 40 percent over capacity, about 1 in 5 prisoners suffers violence and 2 to 4% of prisoners are raped per year. On the plus side, our prisoners make .92/hr. Sheesh, we are are a harsh society…
Every time I read about Donald Trump’s America First policies, where his plan is to insulate America in the midst of a potentially dangerous global economy, I can’t help but think of The Lord of the Flies. The man clearly has led a sheltered and ignorant life.
(Oh my god, America, please elect *anyone* but him!!! The world will be an incredibly scary place led by a man who has lived his entire life in a Trump Tower surrounded by Miss USA contestants).