- Sep 22, 2007
Nothing! Other than sanctions and threats of sanctions against North Korea.
Those of you calling for a "regime change" in North Korea are overlooking several factors:
1. North Korea has no value to the world whatsoever. AFAIK, the only real resources it has are certain heavy metals and those are available elsewhere (and in greater quantities).
2. Any regime change, no matter how quickly done, would likely result in thousands of casualties.
3. If the goal of "regime change" would be for the reunification of North and South Korea, do any of you realize the sheer magnitude of that undertaking? Reunifying East and West Germany was a monumental task that some say isn't entirely done and this would be one or two orders of magnitude harder. The North is starving and has little or no infrastructure outside a few major places like Pyongyang.
4. The masses are probably brainwashed (at least to a large extent) and are extremely malnourished. It is difficult to foresee how they would respond to an attack.
5. North Korea will not launch a pre-emptive strike on South Korea without Chinese support, and that will never, ever happen.
6. For those of you thinking that the sanctions will make NK increasingly desperate to launch a strike, think again. I can assure you that the leaders of NK are not suffering in the slightest from sanctions and have all the luxuries their hearts desire. Because the people are brainwashed, malnourished (see #4), and unarmed, there is no chance of a successful revolt by the population.
China (and to a lesser extent Russia) created this monster. By all accounts, China is tiring of NK's antics as well. Let them deal with the mess they created and as far as the US is concerned, we should just defend SK and Japan from any NK attack should one occur. There is no need to risk any lives on a pre-emptive strike.
And this. Guys, make no mistake -- the North's leadership isn't insane and stupid. The bravado and talk of "defeating" the US is just propaganda designed for their brainwashed masses. The North's leadership knows that any major attack at this stage would mean the end of their regime and they're not about to go that far.