North Korea, our close friends, decided to test launch some nuclear capable missiles during our Independence Day. The objective was clearly to demand attention and to flex some military muscle. More muscle gives madman Kim Jong Ill the capability to demand more from the international community.
At least seven missiles have been tested. The only one capable of going intercontinental, and thus capable of hitting the western United States, failed miserably. In fact, it flopped into the Sea of Japan about 35 seconds after launch.
So what is the cost of one dud missile? Apparently it’s going to be about $.25 a gallon. Oil immediately traded at a record high ($75.40) and gas prices will quickly adjust accordingly, if they haven’t already. I know next door to my work gas is already up to $2.99, up from 2.76 on the 4th of July.
I’ve heard conservative estimates say that North Korea is still a long way away from any reliable technology in carrying nuclear warheads to the U.S. I’ve heard as many as ten years into the future. So why is this so scary today? Does anyone honestly expect that Kim Jong Ill would ever be allowed to continue in this trend? Sadly, it has taken this long for the international community to really sit up and take serious notice. So assuming that this could continue may not be much of a stretch.
Propaganda driven news sources in North Korea are itching for a fight. While we all should pray that it doesn’t come to that, there’s a small part of me that thinks it might be about time for the world to see that threats like this bring harsh consequences from other civilized societies. Maybe one big smiting is enough to keep other nuts (like Iran) at bay for a while longer.