Just-war tests not met in North Korea situation, ethicists say
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 18, 2017,
Aug 18, 2017, 9:39
US President Donald Trump praised today (Wednesday) North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's decision to delay the strike, or rather the threat to attack the US territory of Guam. And while he probably did not hide in a rabbit hole like Saddam, the experience undoubtedly rubbed off on his son and current North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
"The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"
The annual joint drills, which involve tens of thousands of US and South Korean troops, have been deemed a preparation for war by North Korea. Pyongyang's decision to drop a plan to shoot ballistic missiles near Guam, a US territory, was a relief after last week's global nuclear anxieties. His impromptu comments while on vacation in New Jersey were interpreted as raising the prospect of a USA nuclear attack against North Korea. A freeze on missile and nuclear testing, which I advocated only seven months ago, has lost value as North Korea's capabilities have rapidly advanced.
"All options" are on the table with regards to North Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters in Chile on Wednesday. Second, given that the Kim regime's legitimacy is based on its claim to protect the country from foreign attack, Kim Jong-un would likely feel he had to retaliate.
Additionally, strict economic sanctions against North Korea have recently been implemented to further discourage the regime from continuing on their dangerously reckless path of aggression towards the United States.
For North Korea, which has just a few short years to go before perfecting absolute, indisputable thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic technology, it's hard to imagine it caving to USA pressure now with its goal so close at hand.
On Tuesday, China, which has been accused by the U.S. of not doing enough to rein in Kim's authoritarian regime, started implementing a ban on North Korean imports of iron, iron ore and seafood as part of a far-reaching UN Security Council resolution passed earlier this month. He threatens firing upon the US bases in South Korea, Okinawa and Japan and, most recently, Kim has focused on Guam.
Other U.S. Presidents have "rattled the saber" when it came to identifying the threat to American and free world interests and spoken directly about the danger at hand. "But we don't need to be impatient", Moon said.
In response to Trump's dire warnings, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the American Pacific territory of Guam with missiles.
Kim added, "If the Yankees persist in their extremely risky reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared", meaning he might still order a strike against Guam, or put some missiles offshore to test American resolve.
Guam is home to USA military bases, including an estimated 6,000 troops, and it hosts the Air Force's B-1B strategic bombers, a Navy submarine base and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile interceptors. Most importantly, conversely to Trump's thinking, Kim Jong-un has not made any "well reasoned decision" to back down.
He said: 'I am quite confident that Kim will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test'.
One of the posters shows a barrage of missiles fired from launchers toward a map of the United States in flames.
Former Secretary of Defense William Perry says North Korea knows its army isn't as strong as others and believes a nuclear bomb would level the playing field. Indeed, if a similar fear had deterred President John F. Kennedy, in October 1962, from offering to remove US missiles from Turkey in return for the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, the only saving grace for his legacy would have been the lack of any future historians to criticize him.