Wars and rumors of wars. That has been a major part of 2013. From the mass murdering and civil uprisings in the Middle East, to a new threat that many people have simply laughed off. North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un has vowed that he will wage nuclear war on the United States and ultimately destroy it. Kim (seen above) took the position of dictator after his father Kim Jong Il died in late 2011. Given North Korea’s secrecy, no one knew what would result from this change in leadership. The Kim regime has threatened to destroy America and other nations for many years, but these threats given by the new leader are now being more closely looked at by U.S. military and governmental leadership as well. However, many in the American population do not seem to be taking this threat seriously at all. Let me ask this: why are people handling this with such jest? Is it really a good idea to take such a threat so lightly as a population in general?
Of course, there are those in the general population that are concerned about this threat (yours truly), but the fact that so many are simply shrugging it off and laughing is very concerning to me. Below is a photo shopped picture of Kim using a foot-pump rocket, putting a tone of mockery on him and his threats. While the common person would not generally have any specific knowledge about North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, any threat, no matter how much knowledge you do or do not have, should be taken seriously.
Let’s think of it this way: as a general observation, people are more concerned about Iran than North Korea. This may be that we know more about their current capabilities, or have a fear of Islamic radicals who control the country, but are not necessarily as a whole desiring preemptive action to prevent the regime from obtaining nuclear capabilities. What if Iran was making these threats? Would the American populace be mocking these threats? I beg to say they would not.
I think that it is because North Korea has not (yet) backed up their claims to wage war on the United States. Even though we do not necessarily know their capabilities, we should not, under any circumstance, underestimate anyone who openly claims destruction of your country. What I love to say in regards to this is “if someone says they want to kill you, you should probably believe them.” Why would we not believe them in this case?
Whether people will change their opinion about North Korea’s threats are to be determined. Though the common person may not know about their capabilities, there are most certainly people in the levels of the C.I.A who are working tirelessly to ensure that Americans are protected from any threat that may come. The next few weeks will either reveal more about Kim Jon Un’s plan, see that plan actually carried out (in some way we may not foresee), or simply keep us in the same situation we are in right now; one of uncertainty and anxiety, and in some people’s cases, (dangerous) humor.