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Don’t give in to the ‘North Korean shake down’

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North Korea detonated its sixth and largest underground nuclear test on September 3, 2017. In response to the nuclear denotation, the United Nations Security Council on September 11, 2017, unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose the harshest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea. These sanctions are significant because unlike previous sanctions these sanctions have enforcement mechanisms which can cause significant economic damage to the economically beleaguered North Korea.

In typical, North Korean fashion, they responded to these sanctions today by launching a missile over Japan. They did not hit Japan as that was not their intention. They intend to do what they have done with all past US administrations. Act recklessly and then demand the lifting of sanctions as well as money to curb their activities; which they never do.

The North Korean Shake Down

This strategy is what I call, “The North Korean Shake Down.” Give us money or we will kill you all.

Now, North Korea knows what they have done is an act of war, but they also know they will get away with it because they never actually hit Japan. They know if they did strike Japan that a war will most certainly break out and the North Korean regime will come to a quick end.

Almost certainly, North Korea will have no backing from their Chinese and Russian allies. They will be left alone to face South Korea, Japan, and the United States. If a war breaks out, it will most certainly result in millions of deaths and Seoul South Korea will most likely look like Berlin at the end of World War II.

So what is the solution to the dilemma we find ourselves in currently?

We can either lift sanctions and give them money and allow The North Korea Shake Down to continue to exist. We can declare war on North Korea and thus almost certainly guarantee the destruction of Seoul as well as ensure that China and Russia will then back North Korea against a pre-emptive strike by the US and her allies. We can do nothing and just ignore them, or we can flex our muscles.

Flex our muscles

But how do we flex our muscles? I believe we do this by announcing a boost in missile defense in South Korea and Japan. I mean a system that would make Israel jealous, type of missile defense. We pull out all the stops, and when the time comes, we use it.

That’s right we use it. We show we mean business. Next time North Korea attempts to launch a missile over Japan or do a missile test we blow it out of the sky. Not once but every single time. The US, South Korea, and Japan can see this missile immediately after it launches. They can immediately calculate the trajectory of the missile and blow it up, but they never do, they just sit there and no nothing.

We need to step up our game and let the world know that we will not tolerate rogue regimes like North Korea that threaten the United States and her allies. Weakness breeds boldness in our enemies. Imagine if we did what I said in North Korea. What do you think Iran would think next time they try and shake the down the United States for hostage money?

Do you think they might think twice about doing that? I think they would and if they didn’t and tried to get another $400 million from the United States to release hostages, but in response have the President go on TV and boldly say, “Iran has committed an act of war against the United States by illegally taking US hostages. Iran has 24 hours to release these Americans into our custody, or we will begin striking Iranian military facilities.” Do you think Iran would release the hostages or sit there and see their navy destroyed? They would comply initially and if they didn’t, they would after we destroy a few of their ships. I do not doubt that.

Peace through strength

You see the purpose of showing strength isn’t to start a war. It is to show our enemies that we mean business and past administrations projected weakness to our enemies. We must no longer project weakness as the standard operating procedure of the United States. We must be strong and diplomatic but make no mistake North Korea, Iran, or a number of our enemies will never respond to diplomacy unless you project strength.

Mr. Roditis a candidate for California State Controller. He is an entrepreneur and owns several companies. He graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations. He's a former City Commissioner with the City of Anaheim, CA. He's a Conservative Constitutional Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @KonRoditis

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  1. Andy

    September 15, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Here’s the problem: Do these missile defense systems actually work as advertised? What are the repercussions if a defensive interdiction is launched and they all miss?

    If these mighty systems miss a relatively crude NKorean missile, everyone will know it’s all but useless against the developed world’s armament. Our developed adversaries probably already know the probable answer, but this would remove all doubt. What would the public and political fallout be?

    • Konstantinos Roditis

      September 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

      There are different issues with missile defense, short range and artillery success has been shown in Israel’s Iron Doom. A THAAD system is better suited for the Japan situation. We have had some failings in long range ICBM tests here in the US but shorter range we have had promising results. The thing is you don’t launch one missile for everyone they launch. You launch a few to increase the probability for success. The political stunt by N Korea can be defended against. The strategy is to project strength and resilience not was. Ultimately sanctions against Chinese firms that break sanctions is the best strategic move, if that fails then the only other way is for the US to take bold avtion and put sanctions on the Bank of China which launders money for NK in a way to avoid sanctions. If we escalate to this then China will greatly suffer economically and may cause their collapse. They will not want that so you project strength through missile defense and sanctions at the same time and continue to put pressure and sanctions incrementally on Chinese firms until they agree to remove Kim Jung-Un from power.

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