There is no doubt that tensions in eastern Asia have been growing as North Korea continues their defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload to mainland America. The United Nations has placed numerous sanctions on North Korea, but they have had little to no effect. President Donald Trump has spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping, asking him to help defray the increased tensions. Over half of North Korea’s trade is with China, so if China wanted, they could use that trade to put pressure on North Korea to back off from the aggressive path, but so far, China has done little if anything.
In the meantime, North Korea continues to test newer and longer-ranging missiles. They have also threatened South Korea and the Philippines, both of which are strong US allies. Japan also feels threatened by North Korea’s actions, especially due to their proximity to the Korean peninsula. Japan is also a US ally and the US has promised to help protect all of our allies in the area. The US has numerous military troops in South Korea and the Philippines and has been arming them with a variety of missiles and other weapons.
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned the general assembly of the dangers created by North Korea’s actions. She also issued a formal warning to North Korea, that the United States will not be intimidated by them and that we have vowed to protect our allies in the area.
Last week, President Trump said that all efforts of diplomacy with North Korea have been futile leaving the United States with few options left, other than taking military action against North Korea.
No one wants a war. Knowing how renegade, power hungry and unstable as Kim Jong-un is, a war with them will undoubtedly cost many thousands of innocent and military lives as well as being costly financially speaking. It’s conceivable that millions of South Koreans and North Koreans could be killed in the event of a war and the only person who doesn’t seem to care is Kim Jong-un.
How do Americans feel about the possibility of war with North Korea? Maybe I should ask YOU how you feel about the possibility of war with North Korea or what you think we should do about their aggression and threat?
1* Does the North Korean government want a war with the United States?
2* How likely is it that North Korea will use a nuclear weapon to attack the United States?
3* Should the United States use military force to prevent North Korea’s further development of nuclear weapons?
4* Should the United Nations and the international community do more – up to and including military action – to prevent North Korea’s further development of nuclear weapons?
How would you answer these 4 questions?
For question 1, it seems that more Americans are starting to believe that North Korea does want a war with the United States. In December 2014, only 27% said they believed that North Korea wanted war with the US. In March 2017, that number had increased to 38% and in the latest survey, it jumped up further to 43%. In the latest survey, 29% said they don’t think North Korea wants war with US and 26% were undecided.
For question 2, four months ago, 41% said they think it likely that North Korea will use a nuclear weapon to attack the United States with 13% saying it is very likely to happen. In the latest survey, 49% said they think it likely and 19% said they think it very likely that North Korea will use a nuclear weapon against the United States.
For question 3, back in March, only 37% said the US should use military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear program. In the latest survey, that number increased to 45% who believe the US should use military actions to stop any further development of North Korea’s nuclear program. Only 29% opposed the idea.
For question 4, back in January 2016, 57% said the United Nations and international community should do more to stop North Korea. In the latest survey, that number jumped up to 75% saying the UN and international community should do more.
From the surveys, more and more Americans believe a confrontation with North Korea is inevitable. The support for some kind of military action, even to prevent a nuclear war is growing. What say you?
As for me, I believe that China should be forced to do more since they have the greatest influence over North Korea. However, I don’t believe the US should take military action to stop North Korea’s nuclear program as that would undoubtedly start what could develop into a world war pitting the US against China. North Korea could also accuse the US of being the ultimate aggressor and winning more support from other nations, than they have now. Yet, I don’t think we should allow them to use a nuclear weapon against the US or any of our allies. It’s definitely a tightrope decision that President Trump is being forced to walk and I don’t envy him for having to walk it and make the decision.