ANALYSIS: North Korean menace and Hawaii because the entrance line

Maybe it’s Dennis Rodman’s fault.

The 6-foot-7, multi-colored NBA superstar recently engaged North Korea in a little basketball diplomacy and even went so far as to meet and “hang out” with his bulbous, newly crowned leader in person.

Kim Jong Un, who was given the keys to North Korea’s nuclear weapons after his father reached room temperature, was apparently impressed by Rodman, who in return thoughtfully praised his host.

Shortly after Rodman left the country, the North Koreans lifted the roughly 60-year-old armistice that formed the basis for a weak but relatively peaceful existence with his southern neighbor.

Of course, the recent UN Security Council sanctions against the country could be the more likely cause of Kim Jong Un’s recent appearance. North Korea’s leader has apparently enjoyed Rodman’s company and plans to vacation with him in August. In the meantime, Jong Un is dealing with the threat of nuclear war.

A South Korean soldier stares at his North Korean counterparts in a neutral part of the DMZ that separates the two countries.


Hawaiian residents, who share their sandy shores with the U.S. military’s Pacific Command, are typically slightly more attuned to North Korea’s pounding on the chest than the average mainland American. A North Koreans missile test from 2009 was reportedly supposed to fly in the direction of Aloha state.


Given that our islands would be central to any conflict between Kim Jong Un and his crew, it would be wishful thinking that we are not a shining target for the north’s fledgling nuclear program.

But despite Jong Uns’s creepy rhetoric lately, the islanders shouldn’t let themselves be stopped for him. Here are a few reasons why.

A North Korean test missile is waiting to be launched.

A North Korean test missile is waiting to be launched.

Reason 1: atomic bombs not ready for prime time


Estimates of how many warheads the North Koreans have in store vary. But no matter how many they produce, the harder task is actually getting to meet one.

Although some of its closer neighbors are within range of North Korean missiles, the rogue nation has not yet produced anything that could reliably attack Hawaii or the US mainland.

A perfectly executed launch of a Taepodong 2 missile would reportedly still fall short of a few hundred miles (a range of over 4,000 miles would be necessary to reach the borders of our state), and although their latest technology gives it a much greater range It is still believed that such a maneuver is beyond their capabilities.

Of course, that assumes that a North Korean missile would even make it halfway. Should Japan’s extensive missile defense systems fail to knock a warhead flying into Hawaii out of the sky, the US has carefully spent the past few decades perfecting its anti-missile shield for just such an occasion.

Reason 2: high tech … for the 1960s

An FT-6 trainer aircraft, similar to a model often used by the North Koreans.

An FT-6 trainer aircraft, similar to a model often used by the North Koreans.

Although the North Korean leadership spends most of their country’s wealth on their armed forces, they have failed to keep up with military technology in the west. Nowhere is this more evident than with the country’s air force.

Although North Korea reportedly owns between 30 and 40 MIG-29 fighter jets (the former Soviet Union’s last major fighter jet still in service), most of its air force resembles a museum collection.

Any islander worried about an air strike by Kim Jong Un’s forces can calm down with a look at a photo of a North Korean Shenyang hunter, hundreds of whom are reportedly still deployed.

Reason 3: Pacific Command is more concerned about global warming

Yes, you read that right. One of the pillars of America’s national security is more concerned with the effects of climate change than with any possible threat from North Korea.

This assessment comes from the head of Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Sean J. Locklear III. Last week Friday, Locklear told a Boston Globe interviewer that the damage from global warming “is probably the most likely thing to happen … that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all talk about”. . ”

Kim Jong Un apparently has nothing against Mother Nature.

Reason 4: North Koreans like shiny things

As Kim Jong Un knows, firing significantly deadly ordnance at Hawaii, Japan, or any other allied nation would likely result in the aerial species being forgotten. Or at least a few visits from your friendly neighborhood SEAL team.

Most analysts agree that North Koreans have no interest in legitimate warfare as it would not only guarantee their doom, but also likely limit their aristocracy’s consumption of luxury goods like cognac. Jong Us father once spent $ 800,000 on Hennessy alone.

How Kim Jong Il spent much of his time.  Image file North Korean News Agency.

How Kim Jong Il spent much of his time. Image file North Korean News Agency.

The Chinese are even less interested in real problems on the Korean peninsula and see a nuclear-armed North Korea as a catalyst for a regional arms race. While the Chinese didn’t previously impose major sanctions on their allies and neighbors, they have finally started officially scolding the North Koreans.

At the end of the day, Kim Jong Un would probably be happiest following his father’s tradition of roaming his country and staring at North Korean goods with his entourage in tow. Nuclear weapons seem to be his negotiating tool to maintain the status quo.

For Hawaiians, North Korea doesn’t seem like a legitimate threat. The love of his leader for shiny objects and his propensity for self-preservation will hopefully stay that way.

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