Thursday, March 14, 2013

Impending Nuclear War in Korean Peninsular? Maybe. But...

Most international mainstream media have been so busy to convey the public image that it is North Korea, not the US and its South Korean ally, who is the aggressor and insane nuclear threat. And, unfortunately, North Korean's bellicose rhetoric seems to make such kind of image real.

Let's stop and smell the coffee.

As Carl von Clausewitz wrote in his book, On War, "war is merely the continuation of politics by other means." However, "no one start a war -- or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so -- without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by the war and how he intends to conduct it."

Then, we cannot help asking the following questions:
  • What does North Korea intend to achieve by the nuke? 
  • Does Pyungyang really want to go to war with the nuke?   

An excellent article by Stephan Gowans, Why North Korea Needs Nuclear Weapons, gives us the answer for the first question.

The second question is not easy to answer, but we may get it from a retired American basketball player Dennis Rodman who recently met up the North Korean leader Kim Jung-un in Pyungyang.

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