South East Asia is a forgotten hot spot of foreign policy and globalization. But it’s very relevant. As every nearly nation is in our modern world. We should give credit where credit is due; Trump has been ringing bells to North Korea in most debates. It’s true. We have a nation who is an outsider, oppressive and says they’ll destroy us with a nuclear bomb. Last night, while at a National’s baseball game my phone lit up. I was startled to see seismic activity reported near the North Korea. My immediate thought was that if we go to war, I should re-enlist. Because a nuclear threat from an unspooled irresponsible state actor is the ultimate threat to the nation.
Notoriously we in the West have a short attention span. Social media, immediate gratification of mobile internet searches, Wikipedia, tweets, you name it – they don’t take very long. But the cultural of the far east embraces a more cyclical view of life. Things occur at a different space. They’re different. I don’t know how exactly. I’m not an expert. But I do know that these nations and the people of the region have fought battles and waged wars against one another like everyone else. But they haven’t recently.
This latest test by North Korea – most believe it large, ten kilotons large. According to 3 am Magazine a 10-20 kiloton nuclear bomb would have significant radioactive fallout and likely take a city. Globalsecurity.com predicts a weapon of that size would cost hundreds of billions of dollars in damage and displace 450,000 people with a radius up to one mile.
North Korea released a statement afterwards. It essentially said that we’d witnessed the will of the North Korean people to defend themselves if attacked. Their statement even made reference to mounting nuclear warheads on missiles.