Since the start of this year, the leadership of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or better known as North Korea, has conducted one nuclear weapons test and multiple test firings of ballistic missiles. The North claims that the reason for all their testing of missiles and the nuclear test are an important part of ensuring that its nuclear deterrent is fully operational and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.
The young leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, already has a record of brutality far worse than many other historical dictators, such as Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, and Adolf Hitler, just to name a few. Inside North Korea, there has been so much poverty that millions have perished from starvation and exposure to the elements.
Let’s not forget about the tremendous human rights abuses including forced labor camps where prisoners are worked until death, and intentional starvation of prisoners. This repressive regime seems as if it is balanced on a precipice, ready to come tumbling down at any time.
There is no question that Kim has committed genocide through the systematic starvation of his own people. The crimes against humanity includes some events that are so shocking that I simply cannot print them in this publication.
Generally, Kim has become just one bad guy, and is placing the safety and security of nations around the world at risk. The world cannot allow this dictator to go unpunished for the kind of crimes that I am writing about on this page. Several points about dealing with the cruel dictator Kim must be taken into account.
Regime change through the death of Kim is not a sufficient enough punishment for the things that this heinous dictator has done ( I won’t get into what other North Korean leaders have done, such as Kim Il-sung and Kim’s predecessor Kim Jong-il). He and his military leaders must be compelled to stand trial, for all the world to see, for their human rights violations.
Seeking the utter extinction of certain groups of people within North Korea, Kim has committed genocide. Starving your own people to death is genocide; pure and simple.
If there is to be justice for those who have died at the hands of North Korea’s government and leadership, then Kim surely must be indicted at the hands of the International Criminal Court, and be made to account for the horror that he has inflicted upon his countrymen.
Many militants around the world, including Islamic State, like Kim, are able to move at will across the globe, seeming like that they will never be caught and detained, ever. The truth is that if Kim is ever going to be held to account for the hundreds and hundreds of thousands that have died as a result of drought and human rights abuses by the state, then there must be an international effort to capture and detain him for trial.
Having examined Kim’s horrific past, how can we bring Kim to justice? Capturing him and sending him to the International Criminal Court must be considered before he begins attacking other countries, and slaughtering innocent civilians,
Here is a composed list of steps to bring Kim to the halls of justice (Justice for the people is Option #1):
- Take Kim into custody with United Nations troops and transport him to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- Charge Kim with genocide and crimes against humanity.
- Keep Kim imprisoned at the ICC until his trial.
- Put Kim on trial for these crimes until a verdict is reached.
Option #1 is the least likely scenario to play itself out in North Korea. The second option is far more concerning:
- Form a U.N. military force that includes, Russia, China, the United States and other regional countries such as South Korea, India, and Indonesia just to name a few.
- Ask for Kim to surrender himself before his regime is completely destroyed.
- If Kim fails to voluntarily surrender, then launch offensive military action to remove him from power.
- Any military action cannot begin to wind down until Kim is either captured or killed, and a successful unification of the two Koreas, North and South has begun.
Dealing with North Korea’s nuclear arsenal means that house to house searches must be conducted in all population centers, government offices and military installations to attempt to locate and secure all fissile material within the country. One thing is certain: the world cannot sit by and just allow North Korea to threaten other countries with nuclear weapons. So far, North Korea has threatened nuclear strikes in South Korea and the United States, just to mention a few locations.
Setting the stage for reunification for North and South Korea with a new unity government is the end game. But before we can get to that, the world must deal with the military might of North Korea.
With 1.2 million active soldiers, and another 7.7 million troops in reserve, North Korea boasts one of the largest military forces in the world. The Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler took years to unseat in Germany by the time a surrender was finally negotiated between Germany, Russia, and the Western powers, as an example of what the world will have to take into consideration if the U.N. opts for a military solution to the immediate problem.
Before the military option is deployed, there must be a number of attempts to capture and arrest Kim. Keeping Kim alive long enough for him to stand trial, of course, would be of paramount importance.
Could Kim be abducted? That depends how far Kim wants to venture outside of North Korea. China could be the country to arrest Kim, but it remains to be seen if Vladamir Putin’s Russia, or China would be willing to go along with such a plan.
It is imperative that the United States be just a part of a new coalition to topple Kim and to bring him to justice. Barring an abduction, Kim would have to be located and his personal security force killed. That requires having commandos on the ground, inside North Korea.
The biggest risk of all will be if the world chooses to do nothing and allows Kim to launch an offensive nuclear strike against another country. Should we just wait around for Kim to launch a nuclear weapon, or should we try to prevent it?
It is hard to say what a war with North Korea would look like, and if the North would be willing to use their nuclear weapons. Should a nuclear weapon be detonated by North Korea anywhere in the world, then the world has the right to retaliate against the North using similar military forces, including the use of nuclear weapons.
Will we be forced into the end of days, the extermination of all life on earth? Is there such a thing as a “limited” nuclear detterent that the world could use should the North detonate even one nuclear weapon over foreign soil? Would U.N. forces launch multiple nuclear weapons into North Korea if the North attacks South Korea with nuclear weapons?
Kim cannot be left in power, and China’s leadership knows that. What would be helpful to begin this process is to have Russia and China agree to recover nuclear weapons and fissile materials, if the North agrees to give up those weapons. With the threat of nuclear war a constant reminder that North Korea has not changed substantially since the 1950s, the world must be willing to offer billions in aid for a new unified Korea, and a nuclear free zone.