It’s hard to argue with the premise of a recent Forbes article entitled, “Why North Korea Cannot Have Nuclear Weapons, But Japan and South Korea Should.” Kim Jung Un continues to ramp-up missile-testing and neither of his two most likely targets have nukes.
Regardless of what Dennis Rodman says, we know North Korea is a dictatorship that routinely violates international law and human rights; therefore, we know North Korea cannot be trusted with this most destructive of weapons.
Some might say that allowing only select nations to have nukes is hypocritical, or a double-standard, but it isn’t. It’s actually just sound policy based on the core values exhibited by contemporary democracies.
The current standoff in East Asia reminds me of the most logic-defying concept in the world of Star Trek where, thanks to the Treaty of Algeron, the Federation’s military arm, Starfleet (the good guys), have a huge tactical disadvantage.
Starfleet promises its ships will always remain visible and therefore vulnerable whereas cloaking devices are standard-issue equipment on the ships being piloted by the bad guys, the Romulans and Klingons.
Watch as I make my case using an example where the good guys instantly morphed into sitting ducks watching helplessly as the enemy got around due to a technical glitch.
Back on planet Earth, it’s time for South Korea and Japan to stop playing by the rules of Queensbury when dealing with a brass-knuckle street fighter.
After all, the principle of Mutually Assured Destruction ensured that the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union remained a cold war.
As it stands now, South Korea and Japan are like a couple of well-meaning yet ill-prepared Federation starships, completely at a disadvantage should that maniac in Pyongyang ever decide to press the button.