Re: [N Korea] the nukes are realFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dictator's Handbook
Apr 17 2017 19:27:31
A Perpetual State of Almost-War
The Korean War, never officially resolved, was long deadlocked between
the Cold War superpowers. When Soviet protection fell away, North Korea
became suddenly vulnerable against the vastly more powerful United
States and its allies.
Mr. Kim, unable to seek peace without risking a German-style
reunification that would subsume the North under South Korean rule,
sought to make any potential war too costly to consider.
Missile and nuclear tests, along with what appears to have been a
cultivated appearance of irrationality, put the onus on North Korea’s
enemies to manage tensions.
At first, analysts believe, weapons programs were intended to one day
be traded away in a grand bargain with the United States.
But each round of provocation, in deliberately raising the risk of war,
made the missile and nuclear programs not just symbolically useful but
also strategically necessary.