By JAVIER MANJARRESAll of you remember the 1980’s movie ‘Red Dawn’, where Soviet and Cuban military forces invade the U.S. mainland, and a group ‘freedom fighters’ named “Wolverines” make life miserable for the invaders in their neck of the woods, right?
The 1980’s classic was recently remade, but this time instead of Cuban forces invading the U.S., the North Koreans are depicted as the “evil doers.”
Is a North Korean invasion of the U.S. just ‘Hollywood’ or could it really happen? Well, North Korea’s Dictator, Kim Jong Un, son of the late Kim Jong Il, has just declared that his country is a “a state of war” with South Korea.
This threat comes after the U.S. flew to B-2 bombers flew over the region on a scheduled training mission, in conjunction with the ‘war games’ that the U.S. and its ally South Korea conduct every year.
Politicos and military officials are discounting the threats as just Kim Jong Un crying for attention, and what he is really trying to do is lure the U.S. in negotiations over the additional U.N sanctions imposed on his country after his most recent nuclear warhead test.
“From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly,” said a statement carried by the official North Korean news agency, according to a Reuters report.-Reuters
The N. Korean government has ramped up its propaganda machine by openly threatening the U.S. after Kim stated that he was ready “to settle accounts with the U.S.”, which was then followed up with N. Korea’s media wing putting out a photo of Kim with his top generals, strategizing over a map named “U.S. Mainland Strike Plan” that showed how they would conduct military strikes against U.S. cities.
“The first strike of the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will blow up the U.S. bases for aggression in its mainland and in the Pacific operational theatres including Hawaii and Guam,” the North said Saturday in the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name.-Reuters
How will President Obama deal with this threat? Do you think he will turn a blind eye like President Bill Clinton did with the North Koreans in the 1990’s, or will he lead with a “peace through strength” approach?