The United States has been known as the world’s police for quite some time. Recently, the United States has been toppling regimes and aiding sides of civil wars, in hopes that a flourishing democracy may prevail in the aftermath. The United States also had a history of intervening in Latin America during the mid-twentieth century, notably in countries like Nicaragua and Panama.
Many people do not think past highlighted news pieces when it comes to North Korea, which is understandable considering the geographical and cultural isolation of the country.
The history of North Korea is a reminder to make sure that the United States does not keep making the same mistakes over and over again. North Korea is a totalitarian nightmare, with complete obedience to its “supreme leader.” He was bestowed power by his bloodline, which can be traced back to the founding of North Korea in 1948.
Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of Kim Jong-un, was the founder of the nation and is still worshipped despite having died over two decades ago. Words cannot describe how nightmarish the country is and, if it were not for brave journalists who risk their lives in going there, the rest of the world probably would not know what goes on.
What recently occurred in the country is alarming but also over-exaggerated in some instances. The North Korean military has been conducting nuclear tests, trying to see how far its weapons can travel and how much damage can be inflicted by them.
Recently, the military ran its third test, with the first occurring in 2009. The United States leads in the number of nuclear tests conducted and is the only nation to have used nuclear weapons.France, India, Pakistan, Russia and the United Kingdom have all conducted nuclear tests.
The problem that arises is that once nuclear weapons are used, they can inflict tremendous damage. For any country to attack the United States would be suicide, but it would not stop thousands of lives from being taken.
The USS Carl Vinson, a US fleet, has since been conducting military exercises with Japanese warships in the Philippine Sea, around 1,000 miles southeast of the country. It could be pure coincidence or a strategic military presence in the region, but the United States has to make sure that it does not press hard.
The United States should meet with Chinese or Russian leaders diplomatically as they have North Koreans' ears. Beyond that, it would be a mistake to meddle militarily in the East-Pacific region.
It is time that the United States focused more inwardly. It is more patriotic to fight for the rights of women. It is more patriotic to make sure people in Flint, Michigan have clean water. It is more patriotic to make sure people have their healthcare needs being met without going bankrupt.
The solution to the crisis in North Korea is not militaristic intervention. War does not bring peace and it is time the country focuses on the home front, just as President Donald Trump promised in his campaign.