The news is escalating, tensions grow stronger and a cuban missile crisis – like fear fills the air. North Korea have just displayed their ability to launch an intercontinental air strike capable of reaching the U.S.A…and although it may seem that Australia’s a world away…we are more involved then you think.
Just today the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned America would use force ‘if we must’ against North Korea, after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile with the potential to reach Darwin or Alaska.
Refer to the map below to see just how the reach of Kim Jong’s missiles are growing by the day;
Correspondence between US officials and North Korea have been on – going as threats are exchanged and conversation in the form of a “pissing contest” seem to be influencing decisions on both sides.
However when assessing the intentions of those who want to intervene it is difficult to argue with, the authoritarian state has humanitarian issues that are comparable to that of the poorest countries on earth.
Roughly 70 percent of the population experiences food insecurity, defined as lacking reliable access to regular, nutritious food. Further, approximately 7 million people live without consistent access to drinking water.
At the same time, pregnant women lack sufficient prenatal care, resulting in high levels of anemia and infant underdevelopment. Malnourishment among children is widespread to the degree that it affects almost 30 percent of children under the age of five.
Today as Malcolm heads to the G20 summit to discuss how to further intrude on our personal lives, Barnaby Joyce took centre – stage as he sat down with ABC radio to discuss the ongoing crisis.
‘If North Korea was to deliver a warhead into the United States of America then the ANZUS alliance would be called in.”If North Korea was to deliver a warhead into the United States of America then the ANZUS alliance would be called in.’ Joyce said.
And it’s true, if North Korea did display such an act of aggression, the ANZUS treaty would surely be active in sorting things out. Mr. Joyce went on to discuss the economic implications of a nuclear strike, noting quite accurately that. “‘If North Korea was to make a mistake in one of its launches … and drop one of their missiles into South Korea or onto Japan then the economic plan for China, the economic plan for South East Asia would cease that moment.”If North Korea was to make a mistake in one of its launches … and drop one of their missiles into South Korea or onto Japan then the economic plan for China, the economic plan for South East Asia would cease that moment.
It seems of deputy PM isn’t the only one thinking economically with President Trump today highlighting again the role China has in this phenomenon. China is a main trading partner with North Korea, and therefore has leverage, leverage that could truly be used to restrain the rogue nation. However according to Mr. Trumps tweet today;
‘Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40 per cent in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!,’
Now let’s look at the solution and how our biggest ally the US is seeing things, although the humanitarian side of things is an excellent reason to go to war with this nation, one should naturally be careful in drawing historical analogies, because improved living conditions for average citizens and increased political freedoms were also part of the stated logic behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And we are all now suffering due to the repercussions of those wars that have left our refugee and immigration policies a lot to be desired for.
While those countries exhibit some traits not shared by North Korea, there’s a general lesson to keep in mind. Namely, that intervention needs to be followed by a concrete plan for addressing needs and welfare of the remaining suffering population.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who is known for his own unhinged provocations, called the launch a “gift for the American bastards” on July Fourth. Think tanks in the US are slotting the chance of war at 84% right now and the world is at the edge of their seats waiting…there’s one thing for sure, we will be monitoring the escalation very closely and sending our subscribers alerts each time there is news about the potential war, so subscribe for free by clicking here.
The Loud Libertarian