I've been one busy bee lately at my new job. I haven't really been online much at all. Nor have I been keeping up on the news like I used to. That being said, the end of the world is nigh.
A 2.5 mile mushroom cloud was reported in North Korea near the Chinese border.
Okay, so it isn't really the end of the world. It's just some pretty fucked up news. Everybody already figured North Korea had the bomb anyways; I'm surprised at how shocked I am to hear a probable confirmation.
I have to ask myself though, what bothers me most about the situation?....
a) We started picking a fight with Iraq who at the time we knew Iraq might, maybe, kinda sorta could have had weapons of mass destruction related program activities; North Korea stood up and declared that they really did constitute a threat; we ignored them and invaded Iraq anyways.
b) North Korea is working on warheads/missiles that may or may not be able to reach Alaska/the US mainland. (Risk to us.)
c) They test flew a missile over Japan a few years back. They could hit other highly populated areas such as Seoul as well. (Risk to the Japanese and others/risk to us through the world's economy.)
d) I'm hearing about the story three days late by word of mouth, and the source for the information isn't the CIA, or Sandy Berger, Tom Ridge, or anyone who should be warning me- it's coming from a foreign news agency.
e) It's unconfirmed. I doubt a guy could light a cigarette in North Korea without the CIA knowing about it thanks to all the friggin' satellites we have and whatnot. Am I really supposed to believe that something as falsifiable as a hugeungous radiation-filled nuclear blast could possibly be confused with a fucking forest fire?! I remember when Pakistan tested their first nuke, I saw that shit on the evening news right away. I remember seeing satellites images from huge forests fires all over the world- from Florida to China. What gives?
I'm torn between the last two.
This all might just be a result of my not keeping up with shit, but I haven't heard word one about this from say, an elected (or appointed) official of any sort. This is all very unsettling. Anybody out there know anything?