• The latest scare is in North Korea with the new regime headed by the demigod Kim Jong-un or, as we say here in the west, the dictator.
It seems he has ratcheted up his country’s dislike of the United States and is threatening to shoot a few nuclear weapons our way.
The bad thing is that this miniature Stalin could start World War Three.
North Korea has violated a number of treaty agreements and as few of you may not know in 2010 a North Korean submarine torpedoed the South Korean warship Cheonan, killing 46 South Korean sailors.
North Korea is threatening as well to drive into the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.
This is the most heavily militarized border in the world. One stupid mistake could bring war.
It doesn’t stop with just the potential for war, there is an opportunity for cyber warfare as well.
We are becoming more and more dependent on computers and the Internet.
According to a Christian Science Monitor article, the rapid proliferation of digital technologies is happening “faster than our ability to understand the security implications and mitigate the potential risks,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
He added, “Destruction can be invisible, latent, and progressive.”
By the way, that is not only military targets, but our economy and at some point each one of us.
Some consider Kim Jong-un as an idle threat or have classified him as a nut.
Let’s hope they are right, but remember history is full of nuts that destroyed nations and killed a lot of people.
• Syria and the whole Middle East.
This has become one of the most politically complicated arenas in the world.
I’m not sure who to believe, to be honest.
In Syria alone they estimate about 120,000 people have died, a third of which are civilians in the two years of civil war. This last month (March) 6,000 people were killed.
Here is a note of interest that seems to follow much of all political upheavals.
Since becoming president, Bashar al-Assad has, according to sources, amassed for himself, his family and associates a fortune of $1.5 billion, which is held in Russia, Hong Kong and offshore tax havens to spread the risk of seizure.
Wonder where the real patriotism is located?
It seems to me that the real problem with the Middle East is the way in which they look at religion.
Here in the United States our religious beliefs are just that, “our” beliefs, and we believe strongly in the right to worship as we see fit (or not to worship).
For some Middle Eastern beliefs “it is our way or the highway” or, in some cases, ethnic cleansing.
This is true in Afghanistan, as well, where we have troops.
Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,333 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action.
There have been 2,100-plus American soldiers killed, over 300 in 2012.
I don’t have all of the answers, but I will make this statement.
It is not going to get any better, I’m afraid, especially when you add together, race relations, economy and immigration.