So North Korea has been threatening to blow us all off the map for a couple weeks (decades?). The cycle renews each day: Kin Jong Un threatens, the U.S. makes a declaration of dismissal. For a little more depth on why this is happening and what to expect, check out the commentaries below.
He’ll just cry himself to sleep
The headline on this piece from Canada’s The Globe and Mail pretty much sums up the author’s thoughts: “Let North Korea test a missile. This game is getting tiresome.”
Peter Jones calls North Korea “a failed state by any definition,” and says the global media has rushed to cover a false crisis. Jones puts most of the blame for the threat cycle at China’s doorstep. China, he says, is certainly unhappy with the encroaching U.S. presence brought on by its unstable nature. In the meantime, “Everyone needs to calm down,” says Jones. “If the North wants to shoot a missile into the sea; let it.”
Samsung trumps nukes
While certainly no South Korean is ignoring the threats from the north, they have more pressing things to worry about—like Samsung gadgets and K-pop, says Max Fisher writing for The Japan Times:
Today, [South Korea] is not just stable and well-fed — two things the North isn’t — but free, wildly prosperous and enriched by a culture that is spreading around the world…. Half a century ago, although North Korea was wealthier than South Korea, both were military dictatorships and among the world’s poorest countries. Today, the North still is, but the average South Korean enjoys a living standard on par with that of Israelis and Europeans.
In other words…
Editor’s Note: Stop plagiarizing fake news sources
Not for the first time, a foreign media outlet has been taken in by a satirical news report from the U.S. This time it’s a daily from China, the 21st Century Century Business Herald, which blogged about a Borowitz Report story with the headline: “North Korean missile test delayed by Windows glitch.”
The Herald’s competitor, the South China Morning Post, gleefully writes that its rival’s report included outrageous details such as the fact that North Korea “was working with Windows 8 support to resolve the issue.” The Herald also reported that Kim Jon Un was considering declaring war on Microsoft.