Monday, November 22, 2010

Short Update; North Korea Loves the Bomb

Well, I'll make a quick post, but, to be honest, I don't have a whole ton to post about.
The weekend was fine, but not super eventful. Saturday night Amy and I went with my family and our family friends, the Magsigs (who are like family), out for dinner at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, which is out near where my parents live (or where they live when they come to Austin). It was a really nice dinner. Good food and good company.
Sunday we were supposed to go see the new Harry Potter, but I got the time wrong, and Amy and I missed it. Oh well.
Not too much else to report.

In world news, there are new reports out about some relatively advanced uranium enrichment sites in North Korea. So that's grrrreat.
We've known for a long time that the North Korean's had ambitions in terms of both nuclear power and nuclear weapons, but most of the stuff I'd read about on the whole issue seemed to suggest that the North Koreans were pretty far behind most of the industrialized West in terms of developing and advancing their technology.
Maybe not so much.
With North Korea testing missiles and experimenting with underground nuclear detonations and sinking South Korean warships, I gotta say that it makes me a little nervous to hear that they're also working to expand their supply of enriched uranium (apparently they're not quite at weapons grade yet, but experts say it's a pretty short, easy jump to get from where they are now to producing weapons grade materials). There's something about the isolationism and sort of national inferiority complex/low self esteem displayed by the North Koreans that I just find troubling. When, as a nation, your foreign policy seems to amount to constantly taking a "wild card" position and belligerently threatening (or in the case of this South Korean ship, actually attacking) other countries, then you pretty much present a legitimate security risk to everyone in the region (or, if you get ballistic or nuclear weapons, everyone in the world).
When a nation has to take a back seat to Iran in terms of presenting a logical point of view that can be reasoned with, things have gotten pretty bad.
I'm not sure what the solution is, but the North Korean threat seems to get worse as the years go by. The North Koreans have pretty much been holding a gun to South Korea's head for decades- with long range artillery batteries ready to rain destruction down on the South Korean capital of Seoul within moments if South Korea or its allies make any kind of move that North Korea interprets as aggressive (a scary prospect, given how paranoid the North Koreans seem to be). The situation's been bad for a long time, but it's getting a lot worse as North Korea continues to move closer and closer to a situation where it holds a viable nuclear arsenal.
Maybe we can get the South Koreans to start slipping farther and farther away from the North Korean border without the North Koreans noticing? Can we get a city of over 12 million to quietly evacuate without the North Koreans noticing? Maybe if they all tiptoe. Anyway, it might give us a chance to get in a sucker punch...
I'm just saying.

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