A series of developments in recent days have many Americans worrying about war with North Korea. But one scholar suggests that the only thing to fear is fear itself.
After Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was killed and his rockets landed off the coast of Japan, America’s Secretary of State said the U.S. is willing to wage war against North Korea. Ronald Dimberg of the University of Virginia, said, “You can’t help but feel a little jittery, but I don’t lose any sleep over it.”
Why not? “The Kim family have one objective in mind, and that is to stay in power,” said Dimberg. Therefore, Dimberg says, a North Korean attack on any neighbor or on the U.S. would mean one thing. “He knows, his generals know, the Pyongyang elite knows, this is suicide,” Dimberg added.
As for UVA student Otto Warmbier, sentenced last year to 15 years hard labor for theft of a propaganda poster, Dimberg says the young man is too valuable to be released without American concessions.