Last week I discussed Korea being a major threat to the United States and any capitalistic democratic country.  It is a conventional military threat greater than any other country in the world today and this threat has remained camouflaged as we have focused on the threats from the Middle East and non-conventional military action.  The military force of Korea as well as all political and economic activities reside in the hands of a twenty-seven-year-old dictator that many consider to be mad while others consider him to be quite sane and smart yet ruthless.


Korea was occupied by the invading army from Japan from 1910 to 1945.  During this time Korea launched guerrilla war against the invaders from Japan.  Kim ll-sung was one of the guerillas and he later became the first leader of North Korea.  After World war II a boundary was drawn that divided the country in half much as what happened to Germany.  Russian control was in the North and American control was in the South. 


In 1949 North Korea invaded South Korea with the aid of the Soviet Union.  Eventually the United Nation supported army moved north, crossed the 38th  parallel that marked the border between the two countries, destroyed the majority of industrial buildings and stopped at the border with Korea and China.  An armistice was signed and remains in effect today.  There was no formal surrender or peace treaty.


Over the years China continued to support the North while America supported the south.  In 1958 China officially moved out of North Korea and that is when North Korea marks the birth of its’ nation.    Kim ll-sung remained in power until 1994 when he died of a heart attack.  At the time the countries was in collapse following reduced support from China and the collapse of its’ largest financial supporter, the Soviet Union.  Korea was in a standoff with America over its’ nuclear program and the stress was too much on the elder leader.


Kim Jong-ll assumed power but the stress was still there.  North Korea had a great famine and this disaster proved that the country could not support itself in such a catastrophe.  Then George W. Bush declared North Korea to be a Rogue State.  In 2006 North Korea conducted its’ first Nuclear Bomb test.  In 2011 Jong-ll died and he was replaced by his son and current ruler Kim Jong-un.


Jong-ill had planned for his son to assume the lead as ruler of Korea.  What was not planned was his early death and it was speculated that Jong-ll’s son, Jong-un was not experienced enough to rule North Korea.  Many believed that Jong-un’s uncle would act as regent until the child-ruler had matured.  This did not happen and eventually the uncle was stripped of all power, his pictured was removed from all public locations and the uncle was executed.  It was reported that his family members were also executed to include children and grandchildren thus eliminating all trace of Jong-ll’s life.


Jung-un used the press to build his power and position.  He was declared as “a great person born of heaven”.  Then the working party declared that “We vow with bleeding tears to call Kim Jong-un our supreme commander, our leader.  One Korean magazine declared Jong-un to be the most handsome man in the world for that year.


His education was based in Switzerland where he attended school under an assumed name.  He is reported to have been quiet but not a good student and liked basketball.  This could be a reason that he enjoyed a visit from Dennis Rodman to North Korea.  His attendance at school was not good either and his mentor was the North Korean ambassador to Switzerland. When he returned to North Korea he is suspected of attending a military college for five years.  North Korea is very secretive and very little is known of its’ ruling class.


Recently, Jong-un is believed to have ordered his half-brothers assassination in Thailand.  The man has no conscience and his method of execution is intended to serve as a psychological message to any that oppose him.


The future is very perilous when it comes to North Korea and even though America would triumph in a war, it would be very bloody and brutal.  Twenty-five million civilians would be caught directly in the fire of the two military giants.  Also, as bad as the North wants to march South the South also want to go North and vanquish the devils in North Korea. 


The coming weeks will prove to be very interesting if not disconcerting.




The news agencies have had a banner year for material to analyze, report on and sensationalize.  Over the year Donald Trump’s successful attempt to be the Republican candidate was detailed on every news show and talk radio program.  Following the official nomination, the turmoil over the nomination combined with the actual run for the White House filled all parts of the world’s media.  As this was transpiring, ISIS was at the forefront of international news as we watched terrorist attacks around the globe.  Even America was not immune.  Then against all odds Trump became our president and parts of the country revolted and again the news media was in overload to cover this part of our country’s news.  Throw in a wall along the Mexican border and America has not had a loss for items to discuss.

As we have been enthralled with all the dynamics of 2016 we have not had the time to witness what is going on in East Asia.  While America slept North Korea was working.

North Korea is a very closed society that is hammered by world sanctions.  Even its’ staunchest ally, China is concerned with the flagrant development of the nuclear bomb and now the development in its deployment vehicle.  It is well believed that North Korea has developed the “bomb” and much of this testing has been side notes to news coverage as other more reality show type political issues have filled our air ways.  We seem to be more involved in the first lady copying prior first ladies clothing than in North Korea’s nuclear development.  While our attention has been on high end department stores dropping a president’s daughters line of merchandise due to political pressure, North Korea is testing  an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.  It is a major accomplishment for this rogue regime to develop a nuclear weapon.  It is just as important to have the ability to deploy this weapon and North Korea is close, despite world condemnation of this development.

Adversity causes sane men to do irrational things.  Adversity causes insane men to do horrendous things.  Stories coming from the closed country disclose that there is internal friction against the current leader, a leader more despicable than his father; and the father was bad.  Soon after he took control of the country he had his uncle executed; fearing a power challenge.  He had his defense minister executed by firing squad and the execution weapon was an anti-aircraft gun. These terrible acts were in the early days of the dictator’s role as the leader of North Korea and the country has become worse as time has gone by.  Internal resistance to the North Korean regime shows the concern within the country but at the same time could become a catalyst for even more extreme behavior by the country’s dictator.

What are the ultimate dangers of increased resistance within a country that is ruled by an iron fist.  Stories will leak out of the country of purges within the military and among high ranking government officials as paranoia becomes more prevalent.  Missile testing will continue until a successful nuclear deployment system has been developed.  Then the world is in peril.  South Korea is the first thought of countries in the sights of North Korea aggression.  There has never been an official peace treaty between the two countries and today there is only a cease fire in affect from a war that ended over sixty years ago.   Japan will also be an easy target once the ballistic missile carrying a nuclear weapon is developed.  Hawaii would be an easy target and eventually the missile development would lead to rockets capable of reaching America’s West coast.  Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles would be prime targets of North Korea.

So what do we do?  This is the prime question for a president that is being tested early in his first 100 days in office.  One thing is certain, the response to this increased threat will have new twists of how to deal with global concerns and it will be quick.  It will be quite interesting seeing how this evolves.

Several months ago North Korea announced that they had launched a multi-stage rocket to place a satellite into orbit. This announcement came from a country that is literally starving its citizenry in order to develop a deployment method for a satellite. I don’t think so. Instead it is more likely that North Korea is developing a method to deploy some type of warhead. The United States, the Japanese that had the rocket cross its country and the remainder of the world were not fooled and additional sanctions were placed on a country that was already burdened with previous sanctions.
The problem with sanctions is that they seldom work. Rulers of a country that have been so unruly that worldwide sanctions are placed on that country will be little fazed. Rulers of this caliber have little regard for the citizens and sanctions only affect these people. The rulers still live in opulence, insulated from the affects of the sanctions. Also, it is important that sanctions could have a negative effect on the countries that impose them. In the case of North Korea, the country is near starvation. If the sanctions become too extreme and the ruling class feels it is in the final throws of control due to civil unrest, the rulers may just rally the country and take drastic measures. In the case of North Korea, this would be an invasion of South Korea. There is no doubt that South Korea, with the support of the free world would be victorious; all things being equal.
It is the “all things being equal” that are now in jeopardy. It was announced last week that North Korea had detonated a nuclear weapon. This now places them in the prestigious, and dangerous, club of countries that possess a nuclear bomb. They now have a bargaining chip like no other rogue state in the world. Following the nuclear test, counties immediately imposed additional sanctions but China has refused to cut off oil supplies to North Korea. That may be the one sanction that would turn a starving country into a desperate starving country and ultimately launch the North Korean Army across the 42nd parallel into South Korea.
Now consider the rocket that was recently tested and add to that the ability to reach Alaska and then place a thermonuclear weapon in the nose cone and you have a missile capable of reaching the United States. This is the first real threat to the United States from a new foreign nuclear county in over fifty years. As bad as this seems this is not the worst case scenario.
I feel confident that The United States of America can insure that North Korea does not use its’ nuclear capacity to harm either America or any other free country in the world. Whether it is through direct negotiations, utilizing the newly developed industrialized China as an intermediary, a clandestine operation or a surgical strike; America will not allow Korea to use a nuclear weapon. The real concern comes from North Korea selling what it has developed.
Four thousand miles to the west of Korea lies the Peoples Republic of Iran. Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. They deny it but rest assured Iran is burning up centrifuges to get the uranium processed in a quantity that will allow the development of a nuclear weapon. Israel declares this will not happen and if anyone can stop them it will be Israel. What can’t be fully controlled is the selling of a nuclear weapon and the missiles that could deliver a nuclear bomb to downtown Tel Aviv. Even if the missile is intercepted and detonates high above the ground the affects could be catastrophic. The sale of nuclear weapons to Iran is the real North Korean threat.
While Israel denies having nuclear weapons it is widely believed that they are truly in possession of the weapon and Israel believes in counterattacks of like for like; only much more intense. So, the real threat does not come from north Korea’s ability to develop and deploy nuclear weapons, its’ their ability to pass this technology to other rogue states. Unfortunately, the by-product of a nuclear bomb is radiation and to the southwest of Iran are the immense oil fields of Saudi Arabia where the prevailing northeasterly winds would deploy the deadly radiation over the largest oil fields in the world.
Next week, how Union Parish got a lake funded in a part of the state that many legislatures had never heard of.