The United States, Japan, South Korea, and other nations in the East and Southeast Asia region are recently showing increased concern for the scheduled missile test that North Korea is planning in the middle of April.
The situation is a lot more complicated than it seems. North Korea has planned a series of events, which includes the launch of the ballistic missile, to mark the 100 years since the birth of its founder, Kim Il-Sung. The ballistic missile is, according to the DPRK, merely carrying a weather satellite into space. The United States and other nations, on the other hand, believe it to be a test for improving their long-range weapons accuracy. Adding more problems is the fact that ballistic missile tests by the DPRK are explicitly forbidden in the UN resolutions.
Although Pyongyang has claimed that the missile debris will land in waters between the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia, that is absolutely no guarantee that Philippine territories will be totally safe. At least the Japanese will be able to shoot the missile fragments down if necessary; question is what can the Philippines do should the missile fragments land squarely on the island of Luzon?
If North Korea has continued to defy some of the most powerful nations in the world, do PNoy and his flunkies actually think Pyongyang will listen to them?! From the way events since the 1950â€™s have turned out, it is apparent that the DPRKâ€™s closest ally in the region is China. Yes, we are talking about China, that very country PNoy lost face with when he bungled the Mendoza hostage situation. He crossed a government whose people do not forget history and do not forgive incompetence easily. Therefore, what are the chances that PNoy can ask Beijing for help? Practically nil. He has no leverage with the Chinese government, especially now he is practically on his knees begging them not to go near the Spratlys.
Nice going, PNoy; your mother and her cohorts sent the US bases away in her time, now you are practically begging them to come and rescue you from the DPRK. You allowed several Chinese tourists to die on your watch and turned into a sour relationship the one with the country that has the best chance of making the North Koreans stand down. Looks like Coryâ€™s mistakes, and now PNoyâ€™s, are coming back to bite us in the ass, again.
Events like this show just how ridiculously incompetent the Aquino government is at diplomatic relations. In the arena of world politics and saber-rattling PNoy is carrying a banana. Granted, China is a challenge even for the United States because their policies are ever changing and evolving. North Korea, on the other hand, is just too darn unpredictable. They carry the threat of nuclear weapons as a trump card. If they wanted to storm into South Korea the poor hapless soldiers at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) can only stand by and get trampled over.
I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if the Aquino government is planning to deport all Korean nationals here in the Philippines back to North Korea in an attempt to appease them. After all, he couldnâ€™t make the distinction when he had Taiwanese nationals deported to China. Oh wait, theyâ€™re South Koreans, can PNoy tell the difference? If he cannot, he can kiss Grace Lee goodbye.
Maybe the Philippine Government should look into making a public safety video similar to the one below:
No, this is not an April foolsâ€™ joke. We have yet to see the depths of stupidity that the Aquino government is capable of plunging into.