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.