On Sunday, July 25, 2010, the United States and South Korean military will begin joint exercises which will involve 8,000 US and South Korean troops, 200 aircraft and 20 ships, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS George Washington.
In a statement released by the North Korea’s National Defense Commission, “The more desperately the US imperialists brandish their nukes and the more zealously their lackeys follow them, the more rapidly the [North’s] nuclear deterrence will be bolstered up along the orbit of self-defense and the more remote the prospect for the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula will be become.”
After making this and other similar threats including the use of its one nuke, I have to admit to some small measure of concern. Who, for instance, is the North referring to when using the term ‘lackey’? According to my dog-eared dictionary, a lackey is someone who is a servile follower or toady. Hmm, not sure about that. Are the calling the South a toady?
The problem is this. North Korea always makes threats whenever these exercises occur and then they will sit back to see if anyone acts afraid or comes forth with new concessions. Like some petulant boy after candy, this childish tactic has begun to wear a bit thin. Thankfully, America and the South appear to be moving into more of a ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’ phase whereby one county’s idle threats could well be met with affirmative action by the other. If this reaction takes the form of a harsh spanking then that is alright by me.