Tokyo #1 target of North Korea nuke strike
I find this situation extremely alarming, first and foremost because my brother and his family lives in Tokyo. North Korea has told Japan that they will hit Tokyo as the first target should they decide to go through with a nuclear attack.
It is alarming because we now know that it is not the case, as the Obama admin tried to claim, that North Korea does not have the nuclear weapons or ability to shoot those weapons on its missiles. Those leaked intelligence documents give the lie to that claim: North Korea very much does have both the rocket capability and the weapons to deliver on their threat. Anyone who has been watching North Korea’s actions, both with missile tests and the aid they’ve been giving Syria and Iran for nuclear weapons development over the last five years, knew that they did.
It is alarming because Lil Kim is an absolute nutter and he’s painting himself into a box. You have to remember that he is from a culture that values face-saving above just about all else. It is called chae-myun in Korean: “Chae-myun,” which loosely translates into family honour or pride, is to be maintained at all costs. The central tenet is to protect the dignity, self-respect, and honour of the individual, family, and country. In certain situations, it is more honourable to commit suicide than to expose something shameful about their family. It is an unspoken code of honour, steeped in Confucian morality. Japan has something similar and it is why you don’t want to take the last subway train home at night You will be delayed getting home because the likelihood is high that someone who “disgraced” themselves in some way at work (business deal they were in charge of fell through for instance) will throw themselves under the train as a means to restore their honour. Messy.
As Lil Kim ups the rhetoric, he ups the likelihood that he would follow through on that rhetoric, even if the consequences would be disastrous for his own country — even if it meant his own country got wiped out — in order to not only not lose face himself before his people but so that his country does not lose face before the world.
It would be just fricking dandy if the movers and shakers in the Western world would pay attention to cultural factors that can cause people from other cultures to behave, you know, not like people in Western cultures. To take into account that people like Ahmadinejad and Lil Kim may do things that the West can’t conceive of because in the West they’d be considered irrational (suicidal, etc) decisions. Right, you know, just like the results of the Arab Spring were so in line with what those Western ‘experts’ predicted…the myopia and obtuseness is simply astounding.