The Problem Child

North Korea has been in the news more frequently as of late, increasing tensions throughout the world with their announcement of a new missile test. Countries such as the United States, Taiwan and Japan have strongly advised their citizens to abort travel plans to South Korea in light of the heightened tensions. While the rest of the world patiently waits to see what North Korea’s next move will be, life in South Korea continues as it always has. South Koreans have developed a sense of tranquil acceptance of their neighbor to the north; since the ceasefire of the Korean War in 1953, North Korea has consistently vowed to bring destruction to the South and turn Seoul into a “sea of fire.”

North Korea is like a mentally challenged child with problems of aggression, but what happens if threats of violence finally evolve into a full blown tantrum? This would be a conflict the United States cannot ignore, but is it something our country can afford? With national debt higher than ever, the relatively recent withdraw from two wars and the 10% cut to defense spending, I can’t imagine that another conflict would be beneficial to the economy.

Evan Chang


The Wall Street Journal


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