South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has announced a change in strategy in reference future South Korean responses to North Korean attacks. The change in heart comes after mass criticisms from the South Korean people for his failure to counter attack after North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island on November 23rd.
President Lee has also appointed a new defense minister. He has stated that any further attacks from the North will be answered with massive air strikes.
The change in policy is causing those in our administration to become nervous in reference to the potential for war. The U. S. is calling on South Korea to act with calm and consider returning to the negotiating tables, but it would seem South Korea is having none of it.
Perhaps this would be an opportune moment to pull our 28,000 troops from the border between North and South Korea and bring them home. Truth is we cannot afford having them there and if the two Koreas are hell bent on their own destruction maybe it’s best that we allow the United Nations to step in and attempt the solve the problem.
It is interesting that China refuses to take any action to quell the situation. It is reported that their lack of resolving the matter is a result of their desire to use North Korea as a buffer between themselves and the South Korean American allies.
We are constantly being told what great friends and trading partners the Chinese are to us. So why does the tension seem to be so great between our two countries? I personally have seen no evidence that the Chinese care anything about us beyond our destruction.
Our propagandists have been portraying the opposite for many years now in order to get us to accept the fact that our American owned businesses are now doing more business in China than in the U.S. It was not that many years ago that the humanists among us protested allowing China favored trade status. We protested because of the human rights violations that were commonplace in China. The fact is, nothing has changed except America’s perception and reaction to the Chinese’ total lack of care for human rights.
If Canada were threatening to launch missiles on Greenland I would like to think that finding a way to make peace between the two would be at the top of the American agenda. I think the biggest problem with the whole situation is that all are failing to ask the right questions: What would a war between North and South Korea entail? Would the U.S. and China just simply back away and let them fight?
Not a chance. Don’t forget the 28,000 troops we have in South Korea who would be thrust onto the front lines from the onslaught. With American technological support North Korea would not stand a chance without the backing of China.
This being said, should we not be looking at this situation for what it truly is? Which is a potential war between the U.S. and China? There are only two eventualities, either this is a big show being put on for other reasons, or the U.S. and China are on the verge of nuclear war and nobody’s really that concerned about it.