North Korea is bound and determined to go to war against South Korea and bring the entire Korean peninsula under the aegis of the brutal dictatorship in Pyongyang. It feels that it has the military means to conquer South Korea and that the only country with the ability to prevent this, the United States, will not do so because it will not use it’s military on behalf of the South. North Korea knows that a unified international response to it’s unprovoked sinking of the South Korean frigate and numerous other provocations is simply not going to happen and believes that it has a free hand because it has nothing to fear from the U.S.
War between the two Korea’s is imminent. Either North Korea will attack first in an attempt to overwhelm the South or South Korea will attack first in order to prevent a catastrophic strike by it’s archenemy and force America to come to it’s aid. Whatever happens, once war begins the great powers, including the United States, will most certainly be dragged in, whether they want to be or not. This means that a third world war could soon be upon us and that nuclear weapons could very well be used by the combatants.
Unilateral U.S. military action against the North is the only thing that can prevent this from happening. In particular, the United States should destroy a North Korean naval vessel of the size and scale of South Korea’s sunken ship and make it very clear that the full weight of America’s military might will be brought to bear should the North begin a war. This may or may not bring North Korea to it’s senses but it is safe to say that nothing else will and that anything else the U.S. does is bound to fail…other responses such as additional sanctions or further isolation could even cause the North to attack because they will give it an excuse to go ahead. North Korea is hell bent on war and only the thought of it’s own destruction might cause it to back off. The United States is the only country that can bring this about and further inaction on it’s part brings world war closer and closer.
The time to act is now. Right now. Inaction is not an option. In the end, Russia and China won’t mind and no one else really matters.