THE HARD FACTS WITH MICHAEL WOOD
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Now onto business. The world seems to be falling apart but that’s normal. In fact, I’d be a little more worried if everything seemed to be working out fine. North Korea has been hitting the headlines lately due to their insane threats of war. No one seems too worried by this, since it’s obvious that the United States would turn half the Korean peninsula into a parking lot if they tried anything stupid. Politically we are still a nation of cowboys, but instead of a 6 shooter, we have about 5,000 nuclear weapons. Isn’t that a scary thought?
Either way, it seems like the current crisis is a near homage to Dr. Strangelove, a farce where the ultimate price could be nuclear war (as horrifyingly one sided as it may be). A grotesque black comedy where the butt of the joke is every Korean and American serviceman within 100 miles of the DMZ. The thought of the least prosperous dictatorship on the planet going toe to toe with the biggest, fattest and most belligerent !rst world nation on the planet would be comical if people’s lives weren’t at stake.
It will probably turn out to be a lot of hot air, that’s the only sensible guess at this point. Most analysts agree that Kim Jong Un, the new leader of North Korea, is merely cementing his leadership and dispelling any rumors that he may be a well needed reformer in the country. But until that’s obvious, hide in the bomb shelter and listen for that air raid siren, since we’re enjoying a tiny throwback to the Cold War era. Apparently nuclear annihilation is in vogue this season.