MAY 29, 2009 – The US military’s security awareness has been on full alert since Thursday when North Korea renounced the treaty keeping peace between North and South Korea since the end of the Korean Conflict in 1953.
Leading up to the renouncement, North Korea displayed military prowess with recent underground nuclear testing and short-range missile firings only three days before the treaty was officially abolished. These displays of military aggression drew condemnation from the UN Security Council and were deemed a “blatant violation” by President Obama.
North Korea’s official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, ran a commentary stating, “The northward invasion scheme by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet regime has exceeded the alarming level,” and added that “a minor accidental skirmish can lead to a nuclear war.”
The US denies planning military action, but is on high-alert with 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea and another 50,000 in Japan.
So, an aggressive military power with nuclear capabilities has just thrown-out the only political agreement maintaining peace between its two arch-rivals, South Korea and the United States. Though this is an unnerving event to the security and overall well-being of the entire world (we are talking about nuclear weapons here), I feel I must remind you that North Korea is not the only world power carrying nuclear firepower.
The US is the only nation in history that has ever utilized its nuclear powers, but it’s alright because we’re a rational democratic nation, right? Never mind the super-righteous “crusades” of violently invading countries (i.e. Vietnam, Iraq) for the sake of spreading democracy. That’s entirely rational!
However, I will admit that this news put me a bit on edge. Though no governmental system should ever be fully trusted with such devastating potential like nuclear weapons, it does not make me feel warm n’ fuzzy that a megalomaniac with a rainbow of probable psychological issues – if you haven’t guessed I’m referring to N. Korea’s military and political ruler, Kim Jong-il – has nuclear capabilities and has pretty much given the finger to the United States, South Korea, and the United Nations in one fell swoop.
Controversially, many have called the Iraq War the “Vietnam of our generation.” Could this denouncement of peace and threat of nuclear war prove to be the beginnings of a new Cold War?
I pray that it is not.
St. Aug News