The United States must take into account the tragic failure of appeasement and Kim Jong Un’s ultimate aim of reunifying the Korean peninsula in its response to the communist regime’s threats of nuclear attack, contends talk-radio host and author Michael Savage.
“I learned one thing about bullies: Unless you stand up to them, even if they’re bigger than you, they’re going to crush you,” Savage told his listeners.
“Now, North Korea is smaller than [we are]. But North Korea is a bully. They’re bullying us, because they’re used to bullying us, because we’ve had punks running America … we’ve had think-tankers and defense contractors, but we’ve never had – in recent times, anyway – someone willing to stand up for America.”
Since the Clinton administration in the early 1990s, the U.S. has reacted to Pyongyang’s “nuclear blackmail” with negotiated agreements that lead to aid and an easing of sanctions followed invariably by broken promises, a growing nuclear arsenal and more threats.
President Trump, in contrast, Savage said, responded to Kim’s threat to fire missiles that would strike near the U.S. territory of Guam with a warning that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
On Thursday, Trump responded to critics who insisted his talk was too tough, telling reporters, “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.”
Savage, the author of the best-selling “Trump’s War: His Battle for America,” noted Kim’s threats are more than just talk, “he’s actually been firing missiles.”
“Now, what do you want to do, wait for Hawaii to go up in ruins?” he asked. “Then, what will you say? Trump provoked him?”
Savage said many on the left who are criticizing Trump for his tough rhetoric seem to be siding with Kim.
“They’re saying, ‘All he really wants in the reunification of Korea.’ Is that something you think would be good … to let him reunify Korea into a hellhole?”
“Do you people not understand that South Korea is an example of what capitalism produces when people are unshackled from communism or socialism or any of the other isms that you people are so in love with at your universities?”
Savage pointed to a Business Insider report citing an expert on North Korea and China who says Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons is “aimed at the eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula.”
Yun Sun, a senior associate at the Washington, D.C.-based Stimson Center, argued North Korea would not need intercontinental ballistic missiles to strike South Korea, whose capital sits just 35 miles from the border.
For North Korea, an ICBM established a deterrence in the event of a reunification campaign.
Kim Jong Un thinks “the nuclear weapons will prevent U.S. from getting involved,” Sun said. “That’s why we see more and more people making the argument that the North Korea’s nuclear development is not aimed at the U.S., not aimed at South Korea, but aimed at reunification.”