For all of our struggles and challenges, the
Obviously, these are not the best of times in
Internationally, our hands remain full in
Lately, the nation's tyrannical leader Kim Jong-il has been making numerous threats against the
As you read this, I hope this has not happened. Most experts consider Kim a lunatic and brush off his threats as just more of his ranting. In one way, the experts make sense.
Why would the leader of a small Asian nation attack a world superpower on its national birthday? From a logical standpoint, it does not compute.
This problem is that Kim genuinely is a lunatic. Any leader that declines international aid while his country is undergoing a famine, but at the same time, sends people to Beijing to get him food from McDonald's is a lunatic.
He rules with brutal power, and if he became crazy enough to launch an attack against us, I doubt there is anybody brave enough within his government to stand up to him.
If a launch happened, the missile would fall harmlessly in the ocean, but a hostile act like this would start an international crisis.
This may be what Kim is wanting. This may be a case of a dictator beating his chest to see how a relatively inexperienced leader like President Barack Obama will react.
It is a pretty kooky way of getting attention, but this is what Kim does. On the positive side, I am confident that President Obama understands that Kim is just trying to feel him out.
Still, what if the unthinkable happened and
If we aggressively responded to
However, our nation has been at war since 2001. Another commitment of troops into a war zone would be quite a burden on soldiers that are already wearing out. There is no telling how this would work out.
The bottom line is we cannot predict if others will attack us or not. This applies to international politics as well as our personal lives. Sometimes people fire missiles unexpectedly into our lives, too.
All we can really do is live our lives to the best of our ability. In the long run, it will all fade away. It's a reality Michael Jackson could answer all too well right now. What good is the title the 'King of Pop' doing him now?
No matter what happens, keep it all in perspective.
Happy Independence Day.