Is that an appropriate title? I suppose it depends on your point of view as to whether or not North Korea should be allowed to test their missiles.
Many countries around the world say no; our own president calls the missile tests a “problem.” Yet Kim Jong Il claims that he should be allowed to test the missiles in the name of defense, citing the U.S. as one of his biggest threats.
So who is right?
On the one hand, testing ICBMs is, in fact, a provocative action. Despite claims that they require the missiles as part of their defense strategy, when the entire world, even your allies, tell you to cut it out or there will be consequences, perhaps you should cut it out. Just a thought.
On the other hand, with the United States invading countries without any sort of provocation, perhaps North Korea really does have something to worry about. In fact, we told them that a missile test would provoke us, so now we even have an excuse (a paltry one, but an excuse nonetheless) to go steaming in and topple the whole regime.
I think we need to more closely examine why Kim Jong Il feels so strongly about this. After all, China, North Korea’s closest ally, didn’t want the missile tests to happen. Why, then, is the dictator so persistent? There has been much speculation, including some thoughts about Il needing to prove that he’s as tough or tougher than his father. I suspect that the real reason, or part of it, is that he wants respect. Remember how he was made fun of in Team America (also see this clip from The Daily Show and this clip from MADtv)? He has previously said that Bush’s naming of North Korea as part of the “Axis of Evil” was disrespectful and has said that Six-party talks could resume if the U.S. were to treat his country with more respect.
What do you guys think about this? Is North Korea in the right to test their missiles, or is the rest of the world in the right to tell them not to? If we wanted to test some sort of new weapon, do you think we would listen if anyone told us to stop?
I’ll leave you with this comment, paraphrased from one made this morning on The Early Show by Harry Smith, basically saying that North Korea shouldn’t be ignoring its allies, doing whatever it wants to, and acting like it doesn’t have to answer to anyone. Does that sound like any other countries we know?0 People like this. Be the first!