The ratcheting up off rhetoric in Korea, North & South is worrying.
On the one hand, there is no real evidence that North Korea would be able to defeat the US in a one on one and China & Russia have both urged caution in media statements, showing quite clearly that at this time they do not want any involvement.
However, what if China and or Russia saw North Korea take on the US and inevitably the West and decided to step in to assist? There are several reasons why they should. Officially they are allies, they might consider the little guy is being picked on, or they might just fancy getting stuck into some aggression. Well we have a nightmare scenario unfolding.
I feel as though there is never enough shouting going on before a conflict starts, and I wish the UN and others not just in the West would become more verbally aggressive in situations like these so that they do not slip over into an irreconcilable state. Once the first shot is fired, it is too late, but before that happens negotiations can always have a chance of success. I am not suggesting that our PM goes rallying in with the first volley, but it does appear as though those that could speak out are sitting in meetings wondering who is going to make the first move.
Guys, it needs to be now, today, everyone with a bit of sanity needs to condemn North Koreas actions so that they slow down.