Monday, May 25, 2009

North Korea Detonates Nuclear Bomb

North Korea detonated a large (10-20 kiloton) nuclear bomb within its own borders this morning as part of an underground test - as well as a threat to the rest of the world. The strength of the bomb is near that of the "fat man" and "little boy" bombs that flattened Nagasaki and Hiroshima in World War II. Also this morning, North Korea launched several test missiles, in violation of U.N. sanctions against the country.

We should remember all the promises that North Korea made that they were only pursuing nuclear testing in order to develop nuclear energy options to power their country. Obviously they were lying. Then again, who ever really believed them? It seems obvious, to me at least, that they are preparing for nuclear missile warfare. That should make all their neighbors, and the world, uneasy. This should also inform our decisions on how we deal with Iran - another nation that claims it wants nuclear capabilities only for energy reasons.

The U.N. is convening meetings today on what they should do about North Korea. We may rest assured that they will talk about it, wring their hands, and finally . . . do nothing. They are unwilling to risk war with North Korea or China. And so they will cooperate with North Korea's demands and allow North Korea to grow stronger. I am all for individual national sovereignty; I think all nations should govern themselves in their own best interest; but North Korea poses a threat to all Asia at this point and is quickly growing into a threat to the entire world. Now is the time to destroy the threat, before a long and drawn out conflict ensues. The smart soldier picks his battles, their time and place, and this is a battle that will need to be fought. They have just threatened the world and it is time for the world to respond in force.

It is appropriate that this event should occur on Memorial Day - a day when we Americans solemnly remember those who gave up their lives to protect us and to preserve our nation. Memorial Day started in 1868 as "Decoration Day" a day to string flowers together and drape on the graves of the Union soldiers who died to preserve the United States in the American Civil War. It was later expanded to memorialize all the fallen in every war and conflict. Let us take the time today to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice these men (and women) have faced to protect innocent lives and the security of our own nation and our allies'.

North Korea is a rogue nation that has threatened our allies (namely South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan) and our own national security and interests. We must be prepared for more U.S. soldiers to die, defending right and innocent lives overseas. If we don't act soon, we may face more innocent deaths here.

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