Never underestimate your enemy. But that’s what we’re doing with North Korea. By most accounts, North Korea’s military capabilities are dismissed by “think tank experts” who claim the communist country is either bluffing its way toward more respectibility or lacks the technology to win a war.
We underestimated North Korea 60 years ago. Same with North Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s that American superiority-thing when in fact we end up in a never-ending quagmire.
North Korea has a million-man army. That in itself will cause tremendous casualties on both sides of the line. It also has nuclear and chemical warefare technology with an ever-advancing delivery system.
And we can never discount China’s involvement if this latest war of words comes down to a shootout.
I think we’re taking the right track: Try to defuse the situation while at the same time increasing our military presence in South Korea.
In this way, we are not the provokers but we can deal a serious response to any attack if necessary.
Using a nuclear weapon on American territory is a whole new ballgame, however, and a swift and decisive response is called for.
Nobody wants to consider this, but a hit in Hawaii, for example, should be answered with a devastating hit in North Korea. This will mean thousands of civilian casulties but apparently the North Korean government is not that concerned about the welfare of ordinary citizens ... ours or theirs.
It also means other countries with no dog in this fight being affected and possibly drawn into the conflict.
The North Korean government has had a screw loose in the minds of most of the world for many years. To get attention they threaten violence. It’s a bullying tactic that has worked in part for them for half a century. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore their posturing or take their fighting capability lightly. They are a militaristic nation.
Let there be no doubt that North Korea can inflict many casualties in nearby countries until they are either neutralized or defeated ... if they can be defeated. With their huge army they can overrun much of the South Korean peninsula before they are stopped. The Korean Conflict ended in a stalemate in 1953 because of the sheer numbers the North Koreans and their ally China could amass against a more technological and better trained army. We could see a similar scenario again.