The dust seems to have settled down after the world was on tender-hooks & even captivated by the succession drama in North Korea. The political events were bizarre to quote a US official. Some internal promotions to General & other high positions, mainly within the Kim family, seem to have done the trick! There are some experts on North Korea but they mostly rely on reading between the lines!
North Korea is having nuclear arsenal and threatens to use them against their own kith & kin in South Korea! Just like rattle snakes they rattle them, not when they are threatened but mostly to get attention, to have their way! But they have a special relation with their big neighbor, China. Their paramount leader Kim Jong-Il, hops across the border by train, whenever in need of aid or even to discuss succession issues at home! They are strange bed-fellows, as China seems to want the existing status quo to be maintained, maybe, to keep South Korea & US at bay. An eventual reunification can cost the South a cool $ 3 trillion! But still, they would be ready to bail-out the North & embrace the long-lost families across the iron curtain!
It looks strange that even in the twenty-first century; one family can have its way, enslaving the population of millions! Such is the power of tyranny unleashed by brute force & ruthlessness at all costs to hold-on to power. It is plain injustice but the coterie seems to support Kim Jong-Il and his ways of deciding the destiny of his countrymen. Such is the black-out of news emanating from the country that most happenings are derived by rumors & hearsay; even the state of the health of Kim himself. They are a force to be reckoned with only because they have the dreaded nuclear weapons and Kim is threatening to use them! It is hara-kiri for him, his countrymen & even for all neighbors; no wonder, there are many others realizing that the power emanates from the barrel of a gun, in this case the all-powerful one!
The world situation is getting more precarious; what is supplied for defensive purposes could fall into the wrong hands, eventually. But still the old ways are followed with the armament industry, not only multi billion dollar one, but they also exert much influence on decision making process, with a powerful lobby! Are we not writing our own epitaph and is it not also an irony when the efforts at nuclear disarmaments do not seem to make much head-way? There can be many more Kim’s in the making, having seen the way he brandishes his arsenal, saber-rattling to get his way! Now, he has installed his son as the successor, said to be a spitting image of Kim Jong-Il himself, and as ruthless!!
So, the world has to draw its own conclusions & redouble peace efforts & temper arms supplies, which are no panacea for our ills; rather cooperate with all to regurgitate these weapons of mass destructions. Already, even advanced countries are worrying over dirty bombs detonated in crowded cities resulting in untold misery, like we have never seen before. It need not take an incident to realize the dangers! The signs have to be understood in proper seriousness than get carried away by short-term profits on arms supplies.
We need to take a united & moral stand to address our issues than try to treat the symptoms of the disease, today it is North Korea; tomorrow there could be others threatening with even more potent weapons. At least, in Kim Jong-Il case, he may baulk at pressing the button as it threatens also his only friend under the sun, China, but others may have none at all!! The entire world could be held to ransom like in some film themes – from a reel world to a real world could be a reality, if we live by business as usual; short term gains over long term survival of all species! Armament supplies are more a threat to us, especially when friends can turn enemies in no time!