Punishing The Petulant Toddler: U.S. Policy In North Korea
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This analytical essay provides a brief discussion on the motivations behind the fear of North Korea's nuclear missile tests. Looking at both the past and the present, the writer tries to create a historical reasoning for the concern. Towards the end, the writer discusses the symbolic effect the tests have had on Korean society.
From the Paper:"Thus, the ideological damage done by the North Korean's missile tests and nuclear threats is greater than the physical damage. Symbolically, and as a future threat, then, North Korea must be kept in the sight of the Obama White House and subsequent administrations. And certainly it should be, as the United States has long been involved in making it the symbol of Eastern politics, of communism, and of the antithesis to American freedom. Indeed, during the civil war that split the region into North and South Korea, the United States and its allies intervened heavily on the part of the South. This was not only the crowning moment in the development of North Korea as the symbolic enemy of democracy and the United States, but it was also the moment that changed life for the Koreans who happened to be North of the 38th parallel. Experiencing a quality of life that is much lower than their Southern counterparts, as North Koreans suffer with a quality of life that is worse than even those in other totalitarian regimes, such as Cuba (Oh, 2007). Just a few of the issues that citizens of North Korea have to deal with each day include famine, death, a caste system, and poverty. While famine and poverty are problems that immediately threaten the physical body, the strict caste system is the social problem that probably, more than anything, affects the life of a typical North Korean. With no ability to dream, to have a hope in increasing one's position and station, or of overcoming one's circumstance, it is difficult to be human. For these reasons, the symbolic value of North Korean's threats are damaging in the worst way. And it is just for this reason that North Korea can't be treated like a misbehaving toddler and simply ignored, although this was the policy of the previous administration."
Sample of Sources Used:
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Punishing The Petulant Toddler: U.S. Policy In North Korea (2011, December 18) Retrieved May 26, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/punishing-the-petulant-toddler-us-policy-in-north-korea-149461/
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