Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006
I am concerned about how Koreans are treated after something like this. After the tests, a Korean ship was refused entry into Japan. There were Korean students returning home. They grew up here, Japan is their country too.
Personally, I am concerned about the missiles, but I'm not afraid. I don't believe North Korea is capable of any real damage. It seems they are only flexing their muscles to the world to prove they can't be told what to do.
I don't believe military intervention is necessary as North Korea doesn't have the funds or capability to compete in a war. However, this is a difficult situation because we shouldn't put economic pressure on a starving nation.
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For me, it's not a major concern as I feel the launch has had no direct effect on me. I doubt North Korea would be able to follow through, so its probably an empty threat. If they go to war, it'd be like the mouse attacking the cat.
In my opinion, Korea is an egotistic country that assumes it's at the center of the world. A short-term solution would be to impose sanctions. However, long-term, this will only cause North Korea to hate those who impose them.
North Korea is heavily reliant on surrounding countries for natural resources. If they went to war, the loss would be too great. I think they are trying to prove their capabilities so the U.S. will offer money for them to stop.