October 2006 North Korea…why can’t we learn from our mistakes


Why Can’t We Learn From Our Mistakes…

                                    James William Francis Roberts

I want you to think about something for a moment or two…

It is not going to be hard, it’s quite simple in fact, let’s say over the 75—80 years, in the western world mainly we are talking, when was the most frightening time to be alive?

When was the scariest and most terrifying time for the average Joe Blow, with a wife and 2.3 kids…The great depression is thought of, so is the First and Second World Wars, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, Korean War, Vietnam, the nuclear accidents at Five Mile Island, or Chernobyl?

I will tell you what I think the scariest time for the human race has ever been. It was the Cold War. The cold was referred to as cold, because open hostilities between only two Super Powers that remained after WW2; were the Soviet Union and theUSA. This supposed war, was very different to what we have today with the so called War On Terror (but this a discussion for another time.

Instead this conflict, this ‘war’, took the form of an arms race that involved nuclear and conventional weapons, networks of military alliances, economic warfare, and trade embargos, propaganda, espionage and proxy wars, as they are often called, which are those involving superpower support for opposing sides within civil wars—this is kinda what happened in Afghanistan; (although there is a reason why it is often referred to as the Soviet Vietnam).

For the last 3 years we have been at war with Iraq, for seemingly unknown reasons…come on let’s face it—Saddam didn’t have the bomb and everyone knows that but when the might of the US flexes its insecure and ultimately fatal muscle all of its very big nerves around the world, tremble and quack and react—like we did.

But what about this current international crisis…

Is all out war withNorth Koreaviable, logical or even possible?

North Koreais not the same asIraq, for starters its leadership was not set up by the CIA in 1978 (not a conspiracy theory look it up!)

North Koreais an independent  and sovereign nation that is economically strong, to some extent and has, I am quite sure that it must, a very, very long memory…

To be frank Iraq was out numbered and out gunned at probably a 2500:1 ratio, these aren’t the true figures but it seems like that. Every day on theUSnews you can see who has fallen for their country, and most of the time, friendly fire is the cause of the death toll. I am not going to keep harping on about things that are already known by everyone.

Iraq was and is still the most ugliest oil grab in history, what is it, theUSAhas only about 20, 25 years of fossil fuels if that, left. They need to get their reserves from somewhere…don’t they?

And now look what has happened in the last few days, the supremely wise and intelligent,USsupreme court, did not approve Bush’s new bill about interrogation and internment, of what can and can’t be done…well it certainly is a dark period of our lives now isn’t it…

Howard has let us all doen! By following Bush so blindly, like those two dogs in the Looney Tunes cartoons, remember the Big Bull Dog and the Little Foxy running around his legs, always saying, “Can we Mike. Can we? Can we, Can we?”

The following is what I was about to learn from the Wikipedia website:Russiapossesses around 16,000 nuclear weapons in its stockpile, rivalled only by theUnited Statesfor the size of its arsenal.

Canada has not maintained a stockpile of nuclear weapons since 1984.

France is said to have an arsenal of 350 nuclear weapons stockpiled as of 2002.

China is believed to possess around 400 nuclear weapons, but has released very little information about the contents of its arsenal.

India is said to possess between 60-120 nuclear weapons, although not many are thought to be ready for use. The specifications of its weapons are not public.

Persistent rumours throughout the 1990s thatIranhad obtained ex-Soviet nuclear weapons have never been confirmed or conclusively refuted.

Israelis widely believed to possess a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons and missiles, estimated at 75-130 warheads, but refuses officially to confirm or deny whether it has a nuclear weapon program.

Pakistan is believed to possess around 40 nuclear weapons, however the specifications of these are not available.

With regards to theUSand theUKit is extremely hard to determine how many they have, but it is believed to upwards of 20,000 Nuclear weapons for theUS.

And of course North Koreaclaims to possess nuclear weapons, however, the specifications of its systems are not public. On 9 October 2006,North Korea claimed to have carried out a nuclear test.

So is this the start of another arms race? Another cold war…or worse still the real ‘war to end all wars’?

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About jameswfrobertsdapoet

Emerging Poet and Writer. From Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. I present a show called Crazy Talk/Word Berserk, on www.phoenixfm.org.because I believe in what Phoenix has to offer. No where else will you get the diversity of Gospel, Country music shows, Koori themed shows and Poetry and Experimental music? My father, Bryan did a show on 3CCC in the 1980’s called the Keyboard Hour for a bout 8 years, until he died. That is partly why I joined Phoenix but mainly it’s because of the diversity we offer people and also I really do feel that we are an important vehicle, an important voice for the Community at Large. My interests are Poetry, Literature, Music, Movies, Cultural Awareness and Philosophical pursuits. My show is basically a Late Night Radio Show for Artists, Poets, Musicians and Creative Thinkers of all types to come and inform, enjoy, entertain and inspire each other. So join me and my guests from the local Artistic Community to be inspired, to be entertained and informed
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