After lobbing test missiles over Japan and now successfully testing an H Bomb, the game has changed.
I find myself wrestling with whether or not the US or Korea or Japan or whoever would be morally justified to assassinate Kim Jong-un.
If we could look into a crystal ball and see how the next couple of years plays out with this lunatic we might be disturbed to find out that millions of people in both his country and others were killed in some kind of nuclear strike or retaliatory strike.
In a year or two or sooner we might have a clearer picture of how many people were needlessly killed. We would be able to calculate how many were now suffering in the aftermath of nuclear war. We might even have a fairly accurate estimate on how many billions of dollars in damages were incurred as a result of some kind of conflict.
Innocent men, women, children, seniors and private citizens either dead or suffering and all on account of one man's struggle for power.
I've said here before that I am a failed Christian pragmatist. Where I come from one is rarely justified in killing another one of our brothers or sisters. One exception I make is self-defense of course.
However to date, Kim Jong-un has not made the first move. He has threatened of course, but he has not made the first move.
All this to say, could the death of one man, could regime change via assassination, if that's what it would take, be morally justified in this case?
And if so, at what point?
Surely our best and brightest have done the calculus on this already?
Can we even successfully get to him?
And once he's gone, who fills the void? Someone even loonier?
Neither Russia or China is coming to the rescue here. They enjoy whenever the US and its allies are consumed with a destabilized situation. In fact, Putin seems to thrive at times like this. So as I see it, we're on our own.
How many assassination attempts were there on Hitler in the end? 17?
I wonder how history would have played itself out had one of those efforts succeeded?
So here we are, stuck with this whackadoodle and no crystal ball.
At this point I believe nothing will placate this man. He is on some kind of suicide mission and will Jimmy Jones his entire country if he feels it necessary.
In light of 911, and in light of the fact that he has the H bomb, and now with certitude that he has ICMs and in light of the fact that he continually speaks about the annihilation of the US and its allies, it seems to me we are justified to pursue all options to stop him, including assassination.
Still in all, murdering the man seems immoral, in spite of the points raised here to justify doing so.
Any and all takes on this topic are much appreciated.
For another thread:
Is there any chance Iran is responsible for how advanced the NK program has become? That's a separate thread but I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that our intelligence community seems so far behind the 8 ball....again.