Insanity Not Part of the Agenda

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has

published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.

                         For all of the hot rhetoric that has been flying around between the United States 

and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea), I seriously doubt that either

the United States or the DPRK want to do something that would truly mean war. Yes, the DPRK in my

view is being nasty, menacing and provocative. Certainly launching a missile over Japan is nasty and

the Japanese have vowed to shoot any down that might be deemed a threat to Japan’s sovereignty.

This all said, I am not convinced that the DPRK is suicidal. Launching a missile with a nuclear war-

head would be suicidal. The U.S. launching a pre-emptive strike against North Korea would be pretty

much war and suicidal. A monster he may be, but Kim Jong-un wants to retain complete power

in the DPRK, and war is certainly something that will undermine that. So far, neither side has moved

into a direction where they truly, really want war that I can see. Can a war accidentally happen? That

is truly frightening and a real possibility. But the deliberate act of trying to start a war that will 

cause massive destruction and loss of millions of lives I do not see on either the DPRK, America’s

or Japan’s agenda. Even United States or United Nations economic sanctions will not be a good

enough reason for a war that will go to the point of no return. All I see is a lot of screaming and 

yelling. To truly choose the path of war and total destruction in a desperate attempt to win was

tried by Germany and Japan back in World War II, with truly global disastrous results for them and

so many other countries. That type of war with any luck will not be seen in our lifetimes.

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