North Korea has always been much more frightening to me than Iraq. In fact part of my frustration with the war in Iraq stems from the following facts: (1) the Korean government has much more dangerous weapons than Iraq that we KNOW 100% for sure that they have and (2) the Koreans make overt threats about using the weapons, and (3) the US president labeled Korea as part of the "evil empire" along with Iraq, but when push came to shove, the US government simply chose to ignore Korea and attack the weakest link on the "evil empire" chain. I don't get it! If we are willing to sacrifice the lives of our sons and daughters and of the civilians in these "evil" nations, why not go against the biggest danger rather than the weakest one? My impression is that the government folks who wanted war knew we could easily whomp Iraq but also knew that no matter how "right" we are in our concerns about North Korea, it is possible that we might not win that one. If war is the correct solution to a problem, it should be correct whether we believe we will win or not!
I was also very irritated that once the war in Iraq happened, it took WEEKS before the media made any mention of Korea. It was as if the country simply disappeared from the map. How threatening can the country be if we can ignore it for weeks on end? (I think it is very threatening, but ignored because it wasn't as exciting to the media as was the war)
Anyway...I really feel for the citizens of South Korea and Japan. I think these important allies are at great risk as are our soldiers who are stationed in these fine countries.
Ready for flames....bring it on!