|Taepodong-2 ballistic missile (photo by Spacedaily.com)|
Due to the static and self-destructive nature of American foreign relations, the U.S. can only emphasise the need for the D.P.R.K. to suspend or cancel its ballistic missile programme. This is a programme the tiny nation has been working on perhaps since the 1970s. It is an integral part of their military culture and strivings for both national security and national honour. In that sense, its love of weaponry is like the United States. Our love of missiles, of Predator drones, of multi-fleet navies, of bunkerbusters. We name cities, build monuments, put on magazine covers, warriors and their weapons.
I wrote an article for Art in America, "The Atomic Museum," that chronicled the love of nukes as they were displayed in museums from California, to Los Alamos, to Wright-Patterson, to St. Louis's Forest Park. So we should not be surprised when little countries try to emulate the superpower: particularly those that feel threatened by American imperialist hegemony.
Yet the U.S. could easily defuse this crisis with North Korea. Simply agree to rejoin the A.B.M. treaty with Russia and abandon its maniacal and evil ballistic missile defence system at Ft. Greeley in Alaska and in California. I have outlined other suggestions in the posts beneath this one. I am convinced that the D.P.R.K. construes this emerging B.M.D. (ballistic missile defence) system as an effort to create a first-strike nuclear capability against it. That means the U.S. could launch nuclear weapons, destroy the little Korean country and not face a second-strike retaliatory launch. I concede the U.S. could do this now but would create unacceptable instability in terms of the Russian and Chinese nuclear deterrent. However, I am pretty sure the U.S. is not that concerned about the D.P.R.K.'s missile tests. It sees it as a chance to justify its own B.M.D. system–even though perhaps it is aimed more at China than North Korea.
Also the U.S. governing circles live only for power and mastery. They love war. They think their hypocrisy will fool the world. Point out the world's condemnation of the D.P.R.K. and yet are silent on their own aggressive, unjust war against Iraq despite global revulsion and protest. So until some nation or group of nations can contain the monstrosity of American miitary power and its deployment, the world may have few options other than the regrettable one of having nuclear armed states that can somehow prevent the U.S. from invading and bombing countries throughtout the world. If a revolution were to happen in America, perhaps a new way of thinking would be possible. However for now, the world must strategise and devise methods and strategies to stop the U.S. from its crazed mission of global hegemony and frankly self-destruction. That is the state of America today and no nation in the world is as much a threat to international peace and security.