In continuing ramping of rhetoric on the Korean peninsular, South Korea’s President Park says: “If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations.” In 2010, North Korea shelled an island in the south and sank a patrol boat. The response was muted. The result was no escalation of conflict, but no certainty of peace either.
If a decision is made to lance to North Korean boil, it will make the actual 2003 invasion of Iraq look like a weekend picnic and change the global balance of strategic power in a way not seen since the end of the Cold War. But once done, the likelihood of insurgency is slight, and the population will quickly fall into line with its new rulers.
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