The Fourth of July holiday has come and gone. Watermelon has been consumed, bottle rockets set off, sparklers lit, and food consumed. The outward appearance can tend to be frivolous, but with each sparkler lit and every bottle rocket set off, we celebrate all those who have sacrifice for this country. The men and women who have served and serve us are honored for the sacrifice of their time and lives for our personal liberties.
We are so blessed to live in country were we can express our opinions openly and with out fear of a door being kicked-in in the middle of the night and disappearing without a trace. It is each of our personal responsibilities to know of our freedoms and defend them. Our liberties and freedoms are what separate us from the rest of the world and we have to live up to that responsibility. However we chose to defend these rights, our whole hearts must be engaged.
On July 4, 2006, Kim Jong-Il thought it would be a good idea to test fire seven missiles into the Sea of Japan. After pouring millions of dollars into the program while his people suffer economic poverty and famine, little Kim Jong-Il has decided that the world was not paying enough attention to him. So, like any other toddler bully, he decides to test his failure of missiles on a day guaranteed to garner press and world attention.
Now the world must decide how to punish a supposed leader who would continue to beggar his people while he utilizes the ill-gotten wealth he has accumulated off of the broken backs of his people. I believe that the world has no desire to reek more havoc on the average North Korean. They’ve done nothing to deserve the hardships that they are suffering. But something must be done with the little monster that has been created.
China and Russia, the two ‘super’ powers that brought him into power and fed his manic neurosis, are now seeking a way to control and subdue the monster they helped created. Because they have done nothing to date to curtail their monster, Kim Jong-Il now feels that he can do anything he wants. What is the world going to do? Talk him to death?
The way I see it, is that China, the closest neighbor, needs to show their little monster that their behavior is unacceptable. China needs to take responsibility and get their hands dirty. The North Korean people would at least have regular food shipments. Japan and the US really need to let China and Russia take care of the problem and keep the economic aid coming for the people. It is better to be viewed as a savior than a subjugator.
The world is a mess. Instead of pointing fingers, we need to build it up and work at creating a better place where you don’t have to worry about children starving or disease spreading. We are all responsible for making this world a better place.