KOREA: NO GOOD OPTIONS !

The crisis that won’t go away just got a whole lot hotter.  Expert analysis of the North Korean nuclear missile program has revealed two new – and very inconvenient truths.  Pyongyang has missiles that can reach just about anywhere in the mainland US – and – according to the New York Times: “Intelligence reports suggest that the North Koreans have figured out how to miniaturize a weapon.”  That means they can load it on the missiles they have and send them off to targets.  There may still be some delivery issues – but they are fast closing in on the answers to the technological questions.  Now they don’t have those same delivery issues with shorter range missiles, so the threats to South Korea, Japan, Guam (a US possession) and Hawaii, are very real indeed.[i]  The North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, as well as his toadies, have long made it a practice to threaten South Korea, and the United States, even threatening to turn Seoul, South Korea’s capital, into a “sea of fire.”

Well, following a 15 to 0 vote by the UN Security Council to levy new [ii]sanctions for ignoring a ban on missile and nuclear weapons tests, President Trump weighed in with some off the cuff remarks vis-à-vis North Korea.  “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.  They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”  Now of course, the mainstream media went ballistic when the President offered those words, characterizing them as reckless and unprecedented – and only likely to aggravate the situation.  But in that they are wrong.  Mr Trump was speaking to then in language that they understand.  And further, similar eerily similar remarks had been made by Democrat President Harry Truman when the US dropped its atomic arsenal on Japan to force an ending to World War II.  On that occasion, Truman said, “It was to spare the Japanese people from utter destruction that the ultimatum of July 26 was issued at Potsdam.  Their leaders promptly rejected that ultimatum. If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.[iii]  Now in response the North quickly did threaten US bases on Guam, referencing an operational plan they had to attack that island, the westernmost point of American military power.  Are these threats to be taken seriously?  Much of the world believes they are.  Great Britain has pledges its support and the UK’s two largest papers, The Sun and The Metro, ran articles offering its readers advice on what to do in the case of a nuclear strike.[iv]

The real question now is: Where do we go from here?  Any analysis tells us that there are really no good options.  North Korea has been increasing its capabilities very quickly, crossing technological thresholds that were just last year, thought by the Obama administration to be years away.  They are believed to have about 60 nuclear weapons and seemingly, the will to use them.  Here are some of the possibilities for US action.  They all come with significant problems.

To begin with Washington could consider a limited strike, targeting the nuclear missiles themselves.  But intelligence suggests that we don’t really know where all of the missiles are.  Many are tied to portable launchers that are moved and hidden to deter detection.  And now the missiles are powered by solid rather than the old-style liquid fuel, making them much quicker to launch.

America could consider a full scale invasion.  But the North Korean Army is huge – if somewhat outdated, and they have thousands of artillery pieces in place that could target Seoul, South Korea, which sits just 30 miles from the DMZ.  Such an invasion would necessitate moving a large portion of American troops into the Korean theater, weakening our presence in other parts of the world.  China is not likely to be very happy with such an American presence on her doorstep.  Beijing has already forcefully objected to the deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system there. And Mark Almond of The Crisis Research Institute offers this.  “Even if China was ready to accept the fall of Kim’s regime, a conventional invasion would not be quick enough to prevent Kim launching some kind of nuclear strike, as well as firing off his stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.”  So what about using smart bombs or Special Forces hits squads to take out Kim himself?  First of all, it’s not likely to work.  The North would still likely launch all their nuclear, chemical and bio weapons.  And all-out war would follow.  Even after a successful invasion was complete, guerrilla warfare would continue with the fanatical elements of the population taking the lead.  And put to rest the notion that the US would just bomb them back into the Stone Age.  Any moral opprobrium that would follow such an action would be totally justified.  Besides, that could trigger a nuclear showdown with the Chinese and / or the Russians.  We need not sign up for World War III here.

And then there’s diplomacy!  Well that hasn’t worked in decades of trying.  The Clinton administration struck a deal that opened the door to their rise as a nuclear power to begin with.  And Pyongyang has been resistant to any limitations on its nuclear and missile programs.  China and Russia are the nation’s with much to lose if North Korea unites with the South under the watchful eye of America.  Mark Almond again: “China and Russia are North Korea’s lifeline to the outside world. They could strangle the regime if they acted together to cut trade and transport links. But then Beijing and Moscow might become targets of Kim’s missiles, too. Even if prepared for that risk, presidents Xi and Putin would demand a high price in exchange for their help.”[v]

And so we are facing the unthinkable…but not the unpredicted.  I am reminded again of the New Age prophecy found in the book The Armageddon Script, published in the early 1980s.  When laying out the conditions necessary to bring the Antichrist to power it talked of a nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula that would “threaten man’s very survival.”[vi]  Are today’s happenings the fulfillment of that Illuminati prescription?  Still, there is no plan of the Enemy that will surprise God or that He will not triumph over.  “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed…. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.” (Psalm 2: 1-2, 4)

[i] Russel Goldman, Answers to 4 Crucial Questions About North Korea, New York Times, August 9, 2017

[ii] Image: WW3 WARNING, The Express (UK), December 7, 2017

[iii] TRUMP’S NORTH KOREA THREAT IS EERILY SIMILAR TO HARRY TRUMAN’S HIROSHIMA BOMBING ANNOUNCEMENT IN 1945, Newsweek, October 8, 2017

[iv] Joseph Watson, BRITAIN’S TWO BIGGEST NEWSPAPERS URGE CITIZENS TO LOCATE THEIR NEAREST NUCLEAR BUNKER, Infowars, August 9, 2017

[v] Mark Almond, A limited strike, full-scale invasion or pressure on China, Daily Mail, August 9, 2017

[vi] Peter Lemesurier, The Armageddon Script, pg 223, 1981

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