Friday, August 11, 2017

The INSANITY! Duck-and-cover in Guam


What is the matter with these people? Are we back to the days of duck-and-cover?

It is insanity to presume that anyone could or would want to survive today's nuclear weapons:

Doina Chiacu (August 11, 2017). Take cover, avoid bomb flash. Guam issues nuclear guidelines. Reuters, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-guam-idUSKBN1AR1Z3
I sometimes wonder whether this sabre-rattling is mostly theater designed to keep us afraid, in shock, and desiring of "security," in the forms described by Orwell, Huxley, and Foucault, among others.

The alternative is that homicidal maniacs are running the world and are intent on our collective annihilation.
 
Its kind of an interesting set of alternatives because the former presumes our leaders are calculating and rational in an instrumental, if not moral sense, while the latter alternative suggests too many of us are entirely insane.
 
 

5 comments:

  1. Well, a good first step in disarming the latest would be to investigate what Carter and Clinton were up to back in the 1990' when they gave NKorea four billion dollars and nuclear material with the promise that they would not do the obvious which they did do in the next few years. Shall we just say they made a big mistake? Okay. And since then each administration has cultivated the mistake. Susan Rice recommends continuing to tolerate NKorea.

    Would Kim Jong-un actually launch a nuclear tipped missile at the USA or Japan or Seoul. I think we should assume that he would.

    Okay. So if someone by phone or on line or in a letter threatened you and your family what would you do? Would you contact the police. Well, yes, you would. But what if the police said, 'that happens all the time and the person is just venting so ignore it'? No, you could not just put this out of your mind, especially if there were additional threats.

    The people who do not like Trump can be counted on to claim he is making a mistake no matter what he does. You may be one of them. To tell the truth I do not know what should be done. I really do not. Ten years from now I do not want to look back and find myself saying I never though Kim would nuke Hawaii.

    China wants the USA to wait until Kim does something like that before acting. If the police locate the person who has threatened you and he has a nice arsenal should they just look the other way? Of course that is up to you. So that is the problem. Who is asked to not take it seriously?

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    1. I understand your metaphor but just don't know enough about the situation to know whether Kim would indeed let loose with his nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction

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    2. Here is evidence supporting the former alternative:

      http://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2017/08/11/if-the-us-is-going-to-war-in-north-korea-nobody-told-the-us-military/

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    3. Who knows really. A smarter Kim Jong-un would divert some money to feed his people better; avoid threatening the USA and seek better relationships with his neighbors. I can appreciate his having a nuclear arsenal for protection. But that may not be his main goal. He is clearly not a very mature person.
      Anyway should he launch more missiles the US will attempt to shoot them down as they ascend or enter the atmosphere; and not much moving of the navy is needed for that if any. Thad missiles are already in place. If Guam were hit of course Trump would never hear the end of it as even those arguing toleration would be blaming him.

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