Responses: Should the US Invade North Korea?
This week, members of the Bridge the Divide community weighed in with their thoughts one of the most quickly growing threats to national security. It was also the first week with the format including a roundtable on the same topic. As such there was plenty to talk about. Here are some of the highlights from what readers though the response should be.
From the Op-eds:
"The abuse of human rights is the primary reason for us to intervene in North Korean politics, while the secondary reason is to maintain the balance of power in South-East Asia. The strained diplomatic ties between North Korea and South Korea cause the exploitation of millions of innocent lives, and the tense relations between China and North Korea are important calls to action for the international community. A revolution is needed in order for North Korea to regain its basic fundamental rights, and for this revolution to take place, leaders have to wake up a revolutionary spirit among the international community."
-Kushboo Shah, India
"Since the Korean War, the United States has yet to drop another bomb on North Korea, but its actions, from trade sanctions to diplomatic isolation to continuous military exercises around its coast, have shown little regard for anything but the nation’s destruction at every level, and the North has yet to forget history – according to Dr. Leonid Petrov, a Korea expert at the University of Sydney, “The regime pays a great deal of attention to the topic of the Korean War because it justifies its own legitimacy, helps mobilise the masses around the top leader, and provides the pattern for people’s self-sacrificing behaviour in economic life.” Even without propaganda, the United States’ own actions on the Korean Peninsula were borderline genocide in order to prop up a regime that would be itself torn apart by its own people in 1960, and, were we to intervene again, the question must be asked – would North Korea’s peoples see us as liberators or as butchers? And which would we truly be?"
-Colin McGinn, Texas
From the Discussions:
"It is fairly obvious that one of the only reasons that the North Korean people haven't starved to death is due to crucial trade with their Chinese neighbors. Heck, China has even supported North Korea in other, more interesting ways (China recently banned Chinese people from calling Kim Jong Un fat). As long as the Chinese stick up for their eastern neighbors, no matter what the US does (short of nuclear war of course), North Korea will always exist."
-Tuhin Chakraborty, Michigan
"Putting sanctions on North Korea and isolating it in the world would encourage Kim Jong-un (The Madman) to start nuclear war. Because this man and his extreme policies has this potential so I believe showing agression towards North Korea would only fulminate the matter. Also Russia should be involved in these dimplomatic talks with North Korea because they too have some influence or you could say good terms with North Korea. "
-Tallal Ahmad, Pakistan
"My fear is about the North Korean people. They're brainwashed, but it's difficult to know the extent for obvious reasons, and it colours how we should respond. It's wrong to just bomb the whole populace, brain washed or not, even though we'd be exceedingly good at it. A North Korean populace that's free of all the lies and propaganda they've been put through is what we in the international community should strive for."