US must learn to live with a nu­clear armed North Korea

The East African - - OPINION - Nimi Princewill Via email

What drives a coun­try into pos­sess­ing weapons of mass de­struc­tion that could kill mil­lions of peo­ple, and wipe an en­tire city off the map in one trip? Power, pres­tige, or pro­tec­tion? How about we go with pride— and the li­cense to bully?

The US is fa­mous for its en­vi­able sta­tus of be­ing the first coun­try to as­sem­ble an atomic bomb. Im­pres­sively, the US, of course, was the first to use it. In its self-ap­pointed role as the “world’s po­lice,” the US and its al­lies feel jus­ti­fied to own a stock­pile of nu­clear weapons—yet refuse to al­low the North Kore­ans boost what’s left of their al­ready dam­aged pub­lic im­age by in­vent­ing nukes of their own.

Pak­istan, Is­rael and In­dia (the sup­posed “friends” of the West) threw cau­tion to the wind and ac­quired nukes for them­selves. In­ter­est­ingly, they weren’t bul­lied into get­ting rid of their nu­clear pro­jects. Maybe, be­cause they drink at the same bar with their bet­ters. The North Kore­ans are the iso­lated nerds who are con­stantly flat­tered as the world’s most hated na­tion—with the most sac­ri­le­gious gov­ern­ment—and a mon­ster ego! Hence, al­low­ing the creepy lon­ers keep their nuke, could be ter­ri­fy­ingly dan­ger­ous. Much more dan­ger­ous now that they’ve pro­cured a bal­lis­tic mis­sile that could badly hurt the US.

With an im­mi­nent regime change should the US in­vade North Korea in a bid to force­fully rid them of their nukes and top­ple the gov­ern­ment of Kim Jong Un, it will re­quire a lot more than war threats or heavy sanc­tions to get the re­silient North Kore­ans to for­feit what seems to be their only plau­si­ble life­line.

No one would hur­riedly clas­sify North Korea’s leader as a drunken fool who’s merely aim­ing to at­tack America just be­cause his ego said so. Kim Jong Un is fully aware that an at­tack on the US will be met with de­struc­tive con­se­quences. He isn’t sui­ci­dal! The North Kore­ans are un­likely to use their nukes, un­less they run out of op­tions if the US car­ries out their threat of mil­i­tary ac­tion. Wag­ing a war, or tempt­ing the North Kore­ans to strike first, only en­dan­gers the lives of US cit­i­zens which are bound to be lost in the event of a North Korean at­tack.

Why can’t the US learn to live with a nu­clear-armed North Korea the same way it has lived with a nu­clear-armed Rus­sia, China, In­dia, Pak­istan and Is­rael?

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