It’s a long shot, but . . .
WE’RE a little patch in the far north of Qld just minding our own business but there are times when the big, wide world comes crashing in.
Such as matters to do with climate change. Or the potential for a nuclear war. News that the North Koreans’ latest missile test indicates they have a weapon that could reach as far as Cairns, has been disconcerting.
But seriously, why would the Koreans waste a weapon on us? We’re insignificant, right?
When I studied nuclear missile strategy at Sydney University in the 1970s there was a concept that really opened my eyes one day, given that Australia does not possess a nuclear deterrent of its own. It’s called Demonstration of Resolve. In a worsening stand-off between two parties, in the very last steps before an all out nuclear exchange (which no one “wins”), there could likely be a moment when one of those actors does something to show how serious they are. “I’ll do it, I’ll do it . . . see!” And they beat up one of their enemy’s friends.
They pick a place that is NOT on the homeland of their enemy.
Not to give the Koreans ideas, but Cairns is perfect. Not too small to make the point; damage contained in a relatively small area. And it’s not American. And Australia can’t retaliate.
Not Darwin, because the Chinese run the port and China is North Korea’s closest friend.
Cairns is certainly on a list right now, along with hundreds of other places.
In a few years, when the DPRK’s arrows can hit anywhere in Australia, dozens more GPS co-ordinates will be added. It won’t just be a problem for the Far North anymore, but far beyond as well. Cairns, Albany, Hobart, you name it. But then, all the nuclear powers have very long lists, for every contingency.