North Korea has become a common topic of conversation in the United States lately, as many fear their missile program and unwillingness to negotiate with the international community may result in a military standoff that could potentially turn nuclear. America has been at the forefront of this issue, but many other nations have voiced their support. Even North Korea’s primary ally, China, has begun to make nice with President Trump to a certain extent; acknowledging that even they must play a role in limiting Kim Jong Un’s access to weapons of mass destruction.
Here in the States, we argue and debate about the missile strike in Syria, the MOAB in Afghanistan, and the potential for war with North Korea. Out politicians hash it out on national television, our president makes statements about seeking a diplomatic solution if at all possible, and our media and culture tends to paint taking military action as a negative thing – our society values human life, and in particular, the lives of innocent civilians. Since Vietnam, we as people have romanticized real warfare less, as we’ve come to understand that war is often inextricably tied to the suffering of the innocent, and as such, should be considered the last option to be employed.
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