We’ve Been Here Before

Sinofar: Our powers grew out of a thousand years of war, out of hate, and fear, and the will to survive.
Giroc:  We built destruction, weapons that your peoples have not yet dreamed of. Every passing year brought new ways to kill, and throughout the centuries the war raged across our planet.
Sinofar: With each generation there were fewer of us. The dead vastly outnumbered the living. There was not victory for either side.
Roj Blake: How did it end?
Giroc: How? Another development of another weapon. We demanded their surrender, they refused. The weapon was used. Those that we call our enemy were annihilated.
Space Commander Travis: You won. That’s all that matters.
Sinofar: It wasn’t a victory, only the end of the war! We were left with a planet made barren by radiation. Our children were monsters, or died, or were never born. This, we won.
Roj Blake: How many of you are there now?
Giroc: None. We are a dead race.

“Blake’s 7: Duel (#1.8)” (1978)

I woke this morning to news that US President Donald Trump has again been finger wagging at North Korea. But, just like two drunks outside a pub yelling “You wanna go?” at each other, the posturing will lead to far more serious and deadly actions.

North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. He has been very threatening. As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.

Threats made in response to continued belligerence from the Bully in the Whitehouse. Like all bullys, Trump has no idea of where his bullying will lead, nor does he care; all he cares about is being seen as the strongest man in the room.

North Korea has been an isolated, paranoid, hereditary dictatorship since its founding. During the Korean War it was bombed back in to the Stone Age, almost every piece of national infrastructure destroyed. North Korea has been in a permanent state of war since 1950, with the US blocking every move for it to become a part of the wider world. Isolation of a nation leads to an “us against them” attitude, and that is prevalent through North Korea. North Koreans have very little knowledge of the outside world and are easily manipulated.

In recent years North Korea has seen what happened in Iraq and Libya when they gave up their nuclear weapons programs. Both countries wee destabilised and invaded by US forces and are now basket cases, hot beds of terror and crime. North Korea determined to avoid their fate and pressed on with its nuclear campaign, believing it was the only way to prevent a US attack.

North Korea is not intent on world domination, it is intent on self preservation.

Right now, North Korea has sufficient artillery aimed at Seoul that it is estimated it could destroy a large portion of the city and its people would be killed, creating mass panic and economic disruption. Any US attack on North Korea would see an all out attack on Seoul.

The people of North Korea deserve a better government and a brighter future, but Trump does not care about that. All cares about is winning and who loses is not his concern, they are, after all, just losers.

We can just hope that saner minds than Trump’s make the decisions.