The North Korean threat
Regarding the July 6 editorial “North Korea’s intercontinental threat”:
Let’s set the record straight: Either we acquiesce in North Korea’s having nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach California, Oregon and Washington state, or we take military action. There is no third way.
For 35 years, we’ve tried penalties, diplomacy, meetings, getting China to act, etc., and the result is that North Korea now has an ICBM that can likely reach U.S. soil. To try similar measures again and expect a different result is insanity.
The measures suggested in the editorial, though well-intended, are simply not strong enough to stop North Korea from advancing its nuclear apparatus.
Daniel S. Smith, Northville, Mich.
Anybody who thinks North Korea is threatening the continental United States with intercontinental missiles fired from North Korea is greatly misinformed and is deliberately misinforming our country.
North Korea knows any aggressive action toward the United States or South Korea will be met with complete destruction. North Korea has been threatening to attack South Korea for more than 60 years knowing war would lead to its own destruction. If North Korea really intended to pose a threat to the United States, it would develop submarines with short-range missiles capable of reaching the United States from off our Pacific Coast. We have not heard of any development of this capability.
North Korea’s testing of missiles and nuclear warheads is just bluster intended to keep the world’s attention focused on a failed state that has no status in the world community and is willing to spend millions of dollars to get attention.
Joel Lasko, Silver Spring
Some of us recall “Red China,” which was characterized by fanatical, reckless crazies with an utter disregard for consequences and who welcomed nuclear war because a good part of their vast population would survive and then rule the world. Amazingly, many in the United States, particularly in the U.S. government, bought this far-fetched idea. Eventually, we got over “Red China.”
However, we never lost the “Red China Syndrome.” We recently applied it to Iran. When Iran finally achieves nuclear status, we believed it would wreak havoc on Israel and maybe parts of Eastern Europe. The fact that another country would utterly destroy the Islamic republic wouldn’t dissuade Iran in the slightest.
Now, North Korea has joined the club. Once it gets an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, it’s goodbye, Hollywood. The fact that North Korea has had nuclear weapons for some time and has never used them against another nation doesn’t seem relevant to those with the syndrome. North Korea is no more likely than Iran to use nuclear weapons and invite total destruction. North Koreans are not crazy, but we are if we go to dangerous lengths to stop the inevitable. Steve Baldwin, Springfield