North Korea threatens to start a war with the United States, threatens with bellicose rhetoric to attack with nuclear weapons, to wipe out the enemy.
What do you get from the so-called "peace" movement and the political parties which so rabidly go on about nuclear weapons?
The Green Party is completely silent about north Korea. Just imagine if it were the United States, or even the UK or France threatening to attack another country. Just imagine if any nuclear weapons state was happily and gleefully testing nuclear weapons, to show off that it shouldn't be messed with.
The leftwing blogs similarly have largely little to say. The Standard ignores it. Real estate agent Martyn Bradbury's outlet ignores it. Idiot Savant ignores it.
Tim Selwyn thinks that the regular US/ROK military exercises are a "provocation", as if close allies facing a proven holder of all types of WMDs shouldn't make a show of strength as a deterrent. In fact he just wants New Zealand to not be involved, even though New Zealand fought bravely with the UN-led forces in the Korean War to defeat north Korea's attack on south Korea. He appears to grant moral equivalency to US and DPRK forces, while criticising the DPRK for being crazy, he doesn't think it is "ok" to support a close ally and major trading partner, the ROK, in deterring Pyongyang. His rabid anti-Americanism gets in the way of him supporting New Zealand willing to oppose one of the worst dictatorships in modern history.
Internationally, Greenpeace is silent.
I don't believe most on the left support the DPRK, for it would be akin to supporting the Khmer Rouge, Mao, Stalin or Hitler. The regime is reprehensible, and commits acts against its own citizens that are sheer horror. Find another regime that imprisons small children in gulags for the political crimes of their family.
Yet it is that sheer horror that should unite them in opposition to the regime. There should be protests outside DPRK embassies, there should be peace marches, there should be effigies of Kim Jong Un burnt in the streets.
But nothing. Surely the left aren't sympathetic to this slave state?
No, I am sure most are not, but they are fickle because the DPRK wants to take on the great Satan - the USA. So it doesn't really matter if warmongering dictators threaten to attack US targets, for the so-called peace movement presumably thinks they are "fair game".
What happens if the bluff is real? What happens if there is an attack, will the left claim it is ok for the US to respond? What if a north Korean nuclear, chemical or biological warhead is released on south Korea? Will the left/peace movement believe it is ok to respond in kind to utterly destroy north Korea's military capability?
I doubt it.
Why is it not acceptable to deter totalitarian socialism, and to fight it when it attacks?
Is it just because hatred for the United States is stronger than anything?