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North Korea Threatens US – What if they nuke us?

posted by Jerry Kolber

With North Korea officially threatening to “wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all” (referring of course to the United States, and the potential that they will launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii or Alaska on July 4th) we now have the specter of at least four countries in which we are, or may become involved in, conflict. Plus the possibility that the amazing surfing in Hawaii will go radioactive.

What is the Buddhist response to this? I have no idea. But here is my response.

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First reaction: disbelief that anyone would want to blow up Hawaii.  Seriously! Just because your crappy missiles can’t reach any further, why do you have to keep going after Hawaii. Alaska is just as easy to strike, and there’s no good surfing there.  Why not set the missile to 1140 W Parks Highway, Wasilla, AK, give all living things a heads up and enough time to clear out, and wink at Putin as you drift towards land? 

Second reaction: Man am I glad I am not Barack Obama.

Third reaction: Like all new technology, it starts off in the hands of an elite few and eventually ends up at the 99-cent store.  Mobile phones, DVD players, and nuclear bombs were all once fabulously expensive and available only to a select few.  Now, anyone with a dollar and a dream can make wireless phone calls and watch bootleg Disney movies while they make a nuclear weapon.

 Robert Oppenheimer wrote  “”Atomic explosives vastly increase the power of destruction per dollar
spent, per man-hour invested; they profoundly upset the precarious
balance between the effort necessary to destroy and the extent of the
destruction.”  Translation: It’s a hell of a lot cheaper to build a few nuclear missiles than to maintain a standing army, and enormously more destructive.

Fourth reaction: This is the inevitable fruit of a seed planted by the desire to be the most powerful, indestructible nation on earth, planted decades ago here in the US of A.  Bottom line on this one; if you think you have unlocked the power to keep impermanence at bay, and to ensure your survival and superiority, eventually impermanence is gonna try to launch a rocket up your ass. 



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SiriusB (dogon)

posted June 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm


Hawaii is perfect for nukes, just read about operation starfish prime and all the high altitude nuclear weapon testings they did back in the early sixties under the JFK admin. This explains why there are dimples in the ozone, but instead of blaming themselves (elite) they like to blame us with global warming. Bastards.
p.s Johnston island of the coast of Hawaii has tons of silos that were built to nail russia durring the cold war.
ME thinks a smuggler will be to blame, not a rocket.
Just remember this war is about class. The elite (2%) vs the rest.



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Jamie G.

posted June 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm


You said:
“Bottom line on this one; if you think you have unlocked the power to keep impermanence at bay, and to ensure your survival and superiority, eventually impermanence is gonna try to launch a rocket up your ass.”
I say:
BEST. LINE. EVER.



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Zenzookeeper

posted June 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm


Lassie Goes to Hawaii looks down on your inability to fulfill the 6th precept:
I will undertake the rule to HANG TEN!



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erg

posted June 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm


I guess the thing to remember is that a. North Korea says this all the time. The only reason we pay attention now is they may actually launch a TEST missile, not a actual nuclear one, b. There nukes aren’t deliverable, they are to big. Fortunately it is really hard for countries with billions to spend to make nukes, unlike ipod ripoffs. c.”This is the inevitable fruit of a seed planted by the desire to be the most powerful, indestructible nation on earth, planted decades ago here in the US of A. Bottom line on this one; if you think you have unlocked the power to keep impermanence at bay, and to ensure your survival and superiority, eventually impermanence is gonna try to launch a rocket up your ass.” I think this takes the agency out of North Korea. If no one else had nukes and they did their behavior would be just as bad, if not worse. Kim is struggling against the impermanence of his rule and potentially his dynasty, and those internal fears manifest themselves in the North’s foreign policy. The west has hardly handled NK perfectly, but this is not a deterrence problem.



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Charles Cosimano

posted June 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm


The question is, of course, rhetorical. If N Korea does fire a nuclear weapon at the US, everyone knows what the response will be and N Korea will either no longer be a problem for anyone, or Obama will no longer be President 2013.



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Claudia K

posted June 25, 2009 at 11:05 am


1) Korea does not want to launch a nuclear weapon because the U.S. is arrogant and superior. They have the option to become powerful and successful, it’s just easier to bluster. You don’t see Japan talking about nuking anyone.
2) There will always be school bullies who ruin it for everyone else. Somebody has to deal with them and, as usual that nasty task will fall to the most powerful nation on earth.
3) If people stopped trying to succeed because they were afraid someone might, launch a rocket up their ass, none of us would have the computers to write this stuff on.
4) I’m tired of piss-ant countries bad mouthing mine.



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anonymous

posted June 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm


First of all, why is this coming to my inbox as part
of a Buddhist email?
This situation is clearly one of politics and has no
connection to Buddhism.
If BeliefNet wants to get a Buddhist response, do they
not have enough pull to actually solicit a roshi of a
Buddhist monastery to give an opinion on such a
serious issue?
As to the politics of international threats? I don’t
think Hawaii or Alaska is going to get nuked anytime
soon. I am sure that any such action would result in
the US nuking North Korea, and I am sure that the
paranoid little midget in charge over there…knows
that full well.
This is a power game of bluffs. How to handle that?
That is up to the professional diplomats, on both
sides…who, I am sure, are now feverishly engaged in
negotiations to prevent any launch of any nuke.
Can we now return to some actual Buddhism?
Please?



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Crystal

posted June 25, 2009 at 3:23 pm


Anonymous, life is a Buddhist quest! This is a part of life, unfortunately. “do they not have enough pull to actually solicit a roshi of a Buddhist monastery to give an opinion on such a serious issue?” I am sure the Dalai Lama will have plenty to say about this. Unfortunately again : North Korea can give a flying rats ass about what the Dalai Lama has to say or any Buddhist. The Dalai Lama knows this and that is why he is really sad about the world.
I guess the only Buddhist answer I can think of to this one is well not really Buddhist: Cest La Vie (such is life)
I never underestimate a trigger happy person especially if it is not the leader himself on the boat.



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Crystal

posted June 25, 2009 at 3:30 pm


Claudia: Japan would not blow up another person becuase they know what it is like and they do not want to be hypocrites.



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Your Name

posted June 26, 2009 at 3:44 am


Don’t worry about this sociopath midget…he won’t jeopardize his good standings with China & Russia, because we all know, whoever pushes the button first will be the blame for the destruction of mankind…which, of course, is inevidable. Here is a playout perhaps, should it happen–Ronrie guy launches his nuclear missile into South Korea…it sputters and stalls, lands in a field near Seoul, causes significant casualties….U.S responds with an areal attack on Pyongang with B-52 bombers, cruise missiles and bunker busters in order to flush out this P O S….Russia protests, China condemns both Ronrie guy’s missile launch and the U.S response, then, checkmate…..use ‘em or lose ‘em…..it won’t come to that though.



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Zach Wilde

posted June 27, 2009 at 2:27 am


Uhm, seroiuslly what the hell is your problem? Why would you want to send a nuke to alaska instead of hawaii? I lived in hawaii for 3 years and I just moved to alaska about 6 weeks ago, (military) why would you want to send a nuke at all… if anywhere I would want them to shoot a missle at something like the ocean.. not a freaking landmark.
Your’e just a douche.



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