North Korea: start of WW3?

Gary Markstein / Cagle Cartoons

Is it me that lives in La La land, or everyone else? As the North Korea crisis escalates, most of the population, the media and politicians go about life as if nothing is happening.  Yet, I am watching developments in North Korea, I am worried, even if nobody else cares.

North Korea has played the strategy of threats, noise and exaggeration before, they are the master of the art of propaganda on a vast scale.  However, unlike previous occasions that leaders humoured the North Koreans with concessions, so they can march away from the table claiming a great victory, until the next “crisis”, now North Korea deals with Trump, who does not compromise, is motivated to military action, won’t give ground.  This time the North Koreans find themselves in a corner, if they back down, they lose face, so they escalate their strategy, and so does Trump.

Now Trump has moved three carrier strike groups against North Korea, the top assassination team that took out Bin Ladin, state-of-the-art submarines, fighter jets, B52’s and anything else he can move to the table that is the latest technology and new.  Trump is not bothering with negotiating with the North Koreans, he seems keen for a fight.

Trump does not understand North Korea, or China, or the rules of how this crisis can be resolved, he plays his own game by his own rules.  Trump thinks perhaps a little war with North Korea might take domestic pressure off himself, win himself support from the voters.  Trump is blind to the horror that he is creating for himself and this world.

North Korea would rather go to war than lose face, Trump wants a war, and so a war is likely.  It can take weeks before USA and its allies can muster enough forces to deal with North Korea in event of war, but war can move fast, a million North Koreans can move into South Korea inside a day. North Korea can kill a million South Koreans in one day with its massed artillery.  North Korea can immediately deploy atomic, biological and chemical weapons against USA and its allies.  North Korea can immediately put into the field millions of blindly loyal and well-trained soldiers, who will slaughter everyone, and destroy everything in their path.

USA will face having to fight North Korea in South Korean cities, towns, villages and countryside.  By the time the North is defeated in the South, there will be nothing left of South Korea.  The fight against North Korea won’t be like Syria, Iraq and Libya with steady safe airstrikes with their pretty visuals to impress dumb reporters and consumers, it will be brutal, urgent hand-to-hand fighting, with USA and their allies taking casualties running into tens of thousands.  Sensitive public who dislikes a few dozen dead American soldiers, won’t like the scale of deaths that will rapidly mount up.

North Korea has amongst the best hackers in the world, so all internet communications will become destroyed or disrupted.  North Korean agents can deploy biological weapons into cities such as anthrax and smallpox.  An atomic bomb could be exploded over the USA in the atmosphere wiping out all electronics and electricity grid.  The US carrier groups could be instantly destroyed by nuclear weapons.  North Korea is ruthless and prepared to destroy themselves and the entire world in a war.

North Korea is trolling Trump and the USA in the hope they strike first or gives them concessions.  If USA strikes first, China enters the war on the side of North Korea.  China shares a border with North Korea and their military will enter into North Korea to defend it against any attack from USA and its allies.  USA and thus allies such as UK will be forced to declare war on China.  A number of nations in Africa, Middle East and South America will ally with North Korea and China.  Russia will support China and North Korea.

Economically the world is fragile, a war of the scale of North Korea will cause a collapse in all money markets.  Imagine disrupted food and fuel supplies, collapsed communications, mass civil disorder.  A few exploded nuclear bombs can poison atmosphere, land and water, and disrupt the climate.

The leading headlines in the media now: JFK files and sexual harassment by various public figures.  Meanwhile, most people proceed with their mundane lives indifferent and ignorant to events playing out that could destroy the human race.

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The need for approval

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Facebook is a typical example of a society that has become obsessed with seeking validation of others.

356 BCE, Herostratus, a low born individual, burnt down the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. Herostratus arson was motivated by his desire to be remembered. Despite a law to ban all mention of his name, Herostratus is remembered whereas all those connected to the temple are obscured to memory.

In 2017 the majority of human society are obsessed with celebrity, social media such as Facebook promotes narcissism, an individual feels they are nothing unless others pay them attention. Many such individuals need to shock and be controversial, since only then people take notice of them. How many nobodies have been motivated to use guns in a massacre in order to be remembered like Herostratus? Ironically, the massacres are so common, even these individuals will become forgotten, another news story replaced by another massacre.

The need for the approval, attention and judgement of others creates a society of shallow, weak and needy people who will strive all their waking life for the crumbs of others attention.

One of the noble qualities of those in the Left Hand Path is they are their own master and authority, needing no external master to feel empowered by other’s approval and judgement. It is an unfortunate situation that most people only feel empowered if they are getting attention and approval from others, and will do whatever it takes to win it.

Here I love my obscurity, and care nothing for what others think of me. It is sad how society has become a shadow of needy narcissistic people.

The global terminal cancer of hubris

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Hubris is the slayer of king and empire.

The rapid spread of hubristic stupidity like a horrible cancer across all levels of this globe fills me with dread for what the future will hold. Examples…

Catalan referendum

Regardless of the for or against arguments for separation from a nation state, a people in a democracy have a right to debate and vote upon their aspirations, but the government of Spain denies those people the right of referendum on Catalonia. Spain prefers to send in the police to crush the vote, turning off the internet, confiscating ballot boxes, firing rubber bullets at the voters leaving hundreds injured. Perhaps the Spanish government will stop this referendum, but their hubristic action as history shows will now strengthen the desire of a region to have their voice and leave Spain.

Trees in Sheffield

The Sheffield City Council outsourced maintenance of the city trees to international corporation Amey. With profit in mind the council and Amey have cut down thousands of healthy trees, using police, the courts and security guards to crush any local opposition. In a time when climate change is evidently a cause of serious concern, the cutting down trees and denying local people any say in their own community desire to keep those trees, goes against reason. Trees are a primary tool to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, and they take over a hundred years to grow. On all levels trees offer benefits to a healthy community, be it against flooding, offering quality oxygen, to giving shelter from rain and sun.

Trump and Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a territory of the USA, a large part of the population are homeless, without electricity or clean water, taking many months to restore. The population and their leaders quite rightly complain that Trump has failed to address their need in an effective manner, and the Trump response is to attack them rather than listen to their needs.

Google censorship

Whilst I recognise Google is a business and has a priority to address advertiser needs, the level of their censorship is apparently extreme. Google has gone so far as removed content they deem no longer advertiser friendly from their search engine listings, which now includes non-offensive videos from my friend Jeremy Crow on LHP philosophy. Google faces the possibility that if it cuts too much away from the bone, it will have nothing left worth linking advertising to, including driving away the potential users who would read that advertising.

Prime minister May and young people

The UK Prime minister May seeks to bribe young people into supporting her by restoring grants, eliminating or reducing tuition fees, and dealing with existing student debt. However, firstly young people are not so gullible, nor does a bland robot like May have much pulling power over Corbyn when it comes to youthful loyalties. Nor does it make economic sense to undo the present tuition fee position, since there is no money to pay for all this.

Conclusion

Hubristic stupidity has always existed, but at this moment, it has become too common and too widespread. With hubris comes disaster, and globally the situation looks dire.