North Korea Fired a Rocket ... So What?
Simon Jenkins thinks we have nothing to fear but overreaction itself
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2012 1:25 PM CST
In this Dec. 12, 2012 photo released by Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KCNA)

(Newser) – North Korea fired a rocket this week, which might be the basis for an inter-continental missile. "How much should we all care? The answer is not much," writes Simon Jenkins at the Guardian. The most this missile might do is "cause a big bang somewhere." North Korea is nowhere near getting a nuclear warhead, and even if it did, such weapons "are simply too lethal to use. The craziest and most paranoid owners have not dared even to threaten them."

Long-range weapons—including drones, incidentally—"are little more than weapons of terror. War is about holding land, not blowing up people and things." If they pose a threat, it's that they'll cause us to overreact, reduce our liberties, and blunder into wars. Countries like North Korea seek nuclear arms "as machismo. They are expensive toys for boys." But you won't hear that from most politicians or journalists. "No one ever sold a book or won a defense contract by downplaying nuclear holocaust." Click for Jenkins' full column.

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right2dave
Dec 16, 2012 3:01 PM CST
Jenkins is a complete idiot.
jgarbuz
Dec 15, 2012 5:29 PM CST
I think the Japanese probably might have a different take on it. If those missiles were located in Cuba, we might too.
sfreeman
Dec 15, 2012 11:56 AM CST
Maybe they're planning to feed missiles to their starving population.