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The furore over the new Seth Rogen movie (‘The Interview’) has been exhaustively covered in the international press. In the process, the movie has acquired such immense publicity that folks are beginning to wonder whether the incident was orchestrated by the production company now profiting from it.

We’ll probably never know one way or the other. What can be known is that North Korea is an abomination and, in my opinion, one that should not be treated with kid gloves anymore.

When I was in South Korea last year, I witnessed a society thoroughly at ease with itself. It didn’t have the feel of a country on the brink of obliteration or even of one under the threat of injury. Why? Because Koreans are extremely intelligent and well understand how weak the Hermit Kingdom remains.

For all Kim Jong-Un’s bluster about turning Washington into a lake of fire, the North Korean military relies on the same standard of equipment used by Gadhafi’s Libya – most of it having origins in the Soviet Union, with few upgrades. The nuclear weapons Pyongyang undoubtedly possesses are unlikely to be mounted on accurate missiles. North Korean ‘transcontinental’ rocket tests are an international joke and can only leave observers wondering what vendetta the country has against its own coastline.

We could, and eventually we must, engage and defeat North Korea with overwhelming military force. I’m well aware that if and when we do so, there will be a downpour of artillery shells on Seoul and other Northern regions of the Korean Republic. However the bunker system in that grand city (over 4000 shelters) more than meets requirements for the protection of the general population, and in a pre-planned operation, millions of Seoul residents could be relocated beyond the reach of DPRK artillery. In any case, the prize of a united peninsula is surely greater than any risk.

In 1940, Adolf Hitler predicated that for all its numerical advantages, the Soviet military could be quickly overcome by a force of greater sophistication. “We have only the kick in the door..” he said “…and the whole rotten structure will coming crashing down.”

He was proven more or less correct for the first year of the Eastern war. Russia’s army was completely unqualified to halt the Nazi advance and this was directly attributable to the qualitative superiority of the Wehrmacht.

That qualitative gap between the Nazi and Soviet armies must be multiplied by 100 to get close to that currently separating the US and DPRK. The war, when it finally occurs, will be intense and bloody but also extremely short. The number of casualties, even if it reaches 100,000, will not hugely exceed the toll of deaths by hunger every year in People’s Republic.

We have no moral right to abandon this talented and tortured people. The comfort of the South must not take moral precedence over the liberty of the North. And by refusing to fight this pipsqueak tyranny, we are only putting off the inevitable anyway.

D, LDN.

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