You’ve heard the old story of David and Goliath. David is a small boy, and takes down a large man with a slingshot in what is probably the biggest upset of all time. We almost always root for the underdog to win. It’s something exciting. The little guy deserves a win every now and then.
But sometimes the little guy is absolutely nuts, and that uphill battle is the equivalent of getting away with murder when there are multiple pieces of evidence against you. OJ got away with murder, but I do not expect everyone in a situation like that to get a lucky break.
That includes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who is in the news more and more frequently with reports of new missile testing on what feels like a daily basis. Can this world leader really get away with threatening the United States with nuclear weapons?
On recent episodes of the Wild Side with David Clyde and the Rotunda with Scott Rotondo, both hosts have divulged into the topic of should we take Un out. Should we?
I have discussed the topic from both ends of the spectrum, because it really is a tough topic. With the news that three missiles were launched that could reach US military bases, it needs to be discussed again. Should we take him out?
Why we should:
If we take Kim Jong Un out of power (by force of course), we can sleep easier at night. North Korea will never have as strong of a military as the United States. I am willing to bet millions of dollars on that. But with that said, the dude is crazy. He kills anyone, even his own family members when he feels threatened. When he feels his power isn’t respected. Nobody is safe. North Korea isn’t strong enough to defeat the United States, but when a crazy guy has access to nuclear weapons, can you sit idly by, and wait for him to strike. He threatens to attack all the time. The more North Korea advances their technology, the longer they spend working with uranium, the more danger we are in that an attack can happen. He is insane enough to do it.
Why we shouldn’t:
This is the argument that takes more thought. It’s easy to say we should take out our enemies, but we need to weigh the consequences. Let’s remember what happened in Iraq. Saddam was taken out of power, and ISIS was able to take over. How do we know another crazy leader won’t take over North Korea? We don’t. South Korea will not want to take on the debt that will come from absorbing the North, and neither will the United States. The people have been brainwashed. While smuggled goods have informed many North Koreans that Un isn’t a good man, many do not know. Of the ones who do, they would put themselves in too much danger.
It’s a tough situation for both sides. What do you think should be done. Should Un be left in power?
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