Hitler's idea was to build his Armed Forces as quickly and as secretly as possible and to use them before the world could mount a defence. Which he did, and it worked. North Korea is doing the same, pouring everything it has into developing atomic weapons that it can deliver as soon as possible and that will kill as many people instantaneously as Hitler did during the entire Second World War.
It is developing its capability under the cover of the West's insistence that the only use nuclear weapons can have is deterrence. Given that, it doesn't need secrecy.
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However, none of that really speaks to the more on-point comparison between post-WWI Germany and post-Korean Conflict Korea now. Korea even seems to be doing a similar master-race sort of thing and employing scary amounts of internal propaganda as Germany did.
Frederick Buechner has a post today about how the great majority of people worldwide really just want peace, and yet the governments we elect continue to amass arsenals and squabble until wars break out. Yet they're supposed to represent our interests.
There seems to be a disconnect there.
So ... to switch gears, what's the solution? Do we remove sanctions from Korea? Think that'll make them like us more?
I need an emoticon for "dry bitter laugh" after that one.
Unlike · Reply · 1 · 10 September at 15:32
Stan Burfield I just hope we're ready. Because fast, these days, is a LOT faster than it was in the Second World War. The problem is that in a modern "democracy" like America, nothing can be done until after the fact, because anything the Democrats want to do will immediately be denied by the Republicans, and vice versa. Yes, they will come together after North Korea uses its first atomic weapon, and certainly they'll come together after it uses all its atomic weapons at once.
Like · Reply · 10 September at 15:41 · Edited
Barbara Green Hmmm. "Ready" in what way? "Come together" to do what? Retaliate? I keep thinking of Einstein's aphorism that you can't solve a problem with the same thinking that created it.
Like · Reply · 10 September at 15:49
Stan Burfield Simply to have a usable, impermeable defence. So that the nuclear weapons explode in the outer atmosphere, hopefully over the ocean. Even that would be devastating, but not quite as bad as Los Angeles going up.
Like · Reply · 10 September at 16:04 · Edited
Stan Burfield My understanding is that they will be sent into a south-north orbit which will bring them down into America from the direction of Mexico, and that there isn't adequate defence from that direction. And North Korea knows that, and it's trying to develop the ability to get there before the defence goes up.
Like · Reply · 10 September at 15:57 · Edited
Stan Burfield It has already sent a payload into orbit, so it can do this now. It just has to get the weapon small enough to mount on the rocket. Which it claimed a couple days ago that it can do now, after its test of a larger bomb than anyone thought it was capable of producing,
Like · Reply · 10 September at 15:59
Barbara Green Stan Burfield So Trump should build that wall really HIGH.
Like · Reply · 10 September at 16:00
Stan Burfield ha ha
Like · Reply · 10 September at 16:00
Stan Burfield Illegal immigrants are not only (what did he say? criminals, rapists etc?) but next they'll be carrying in atomic bombs.:)
Like · Reply · 10 September at 16:02 · Edited
Stan Burfield in their back packs.
Like · Reply · 10 September at 16:03
Stan Burfield It's weird to me that people don't take this seriously. Nuclear war has been my prime worry all my life. I've always been amazed how easy it is for people to discount it, in favour of more fashionable threats. Including global warming. Whenever I would put it out there in discussions, I would simply be frowned upon as antiquated. Well, we are so lucky that the right pressure was put on Lybia's Gaddafi that he abandoned his attempt to build nuclear bombs after getting quite far, and we are so lucky that the right pressure was put on Iran that it has done the same. The Koreans are now the only remaining serious threat, followed by Pakistan's bombs being vulnerable to a takeover by ISIS. And Korea is going for it.