“He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith, than George the Third.
Since the dawn of time every super power has been challenged. From Rome fighting the Saxons in northern Europe to the US taking up arms for a cause to fight Great Britain, to the Cold War, every time one nation is considered a world power, there has always been one if not more wanting to take the throne.
Unless you have been living in a cave the past fifty years, you are somewhat aware of what is going on in the South Pacific. I am going to shed some light for you if you aren’t. Since the death of Kim Jong Il in 2011, Kim Jong-un his son, was his successor to power. I guess they like to keep the names generally the same to we all think they sound alike. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”
I heard that quote growing up and to me it just meant that it was a euphemism that didn’t apply to me, because I am nothing like my father. In hindsight, the saying generally is true though. How you are brought up as a child will indicate how you live your life. Kim Jong Il was a dictator, and on numerous occasions made threats to South Korea, threatening to level South Korea in a “three day war”. Well this trait of blatant hatred and threat making was apparently passed on to his son. Kim Jong-un recently has turned up the heat on South Korea and the US as well posting weekly if not more videos of propaganda ranging from showing off North Korean training events to obvious animated videos of the White House in a ball of fire.
“Second by second, the fuse of a nuclear war is burning,” a female narrator warned. It then showed a sniper’s crosshairs superimposed over the White House, before switching to animated footage of the dome of the US Capitol building exploding in a fireball. “There is no limit to the range of our strategic rockets,” the narrator said.*
These threats have prompted the US to take action at first in trying sanctions and peace talks, but North Korea is pretty well convinced we are going to strike first. The first two minutes of the linked video on the page above is still frame photos of US B-52 bombers implying that our nuclear weapons will drop upon Pyongyang in means to force North Korea to bend to the “oppressive will of a capitalist nation”.
Here’s where it gets real for me. I am a Corporal in the USMC Reserve Infantry. Both nations next moves could very easily tip the balance of my life from living the college student lifestyle, and reservist on a weekend once a month, to overseas in the Pacific storming a beach fighting the 28th largest military strength in the world. Now let me back track a bit. I am always down for a good scrap, if the cause is right. I feel like I am fairly well educated enough that if I can’t talk my way out of a situation, then there really is no way out besides walking away. With that being said, if I believe in a cause and I know deep down that it’s a cause worth fighting for, then I will stand by my beliefs and either get my ass kicked, or stop when he doesn’t want anymore. Democracy at the tip of a spear is not what I am preaching here, what I am standing on my eSoapbox and telling you all is that beliefs and morals are instilled as a child, values are learned along the way, but standing up for what you have been taught is something that not everyone has. I am in no means a pacifist, but sometimes a war like this is never going to solve contrasting beliefs. North Korea believes that we want to destroy them, we all believe that the North Korean nation wants to destroy us because they are all evil and hate Americans. They think we oppress them and are invading their homeland by having bases in South Korea. With such beliefs like these neither side is right. I’m not saying let’s bow down as a nation and accept North Korean will, because nobody, wrong or right, threatens my nation, and nobody will ever be my dictator as long as I have means to fight. I would like to express how in the end, when all the smoke has cleared and the rubble lay smoldering, will we really be able to accept the cost of life and money that it will cost for this? My answer is yes. I do believe that even though the cost will be great, this nation has endured so much and come so far that a tyrant 6000 miles away shouldn’t be allowed to sit in his comfy office allotting funds for more military upgrades while his people starve to fight a war that he wants to start.
I love this country and would happily die for it. I made that choice when I was a child sitting in history class and we studied the Revolutionary War and we were told that we “inherited our freedom”. Well to me, I plan on earning my right to be an American, whether it’s defending from tyrants 6000 miles away, or standing post in Iraq, this nation is MY home, and no one comes in my house, drinks all my milk (..which is spoiled by the way, wouldn’t try it..) and kicks my dog. Let’s get real people, this has been coming for a while, I hope it can be avoided, but if not, your serve North Korea.