So the United Nations Security Council is preparing to unanimously pass a new lineup of sanctions against North Korea for blowing up another nuclear bomb underground - its third - and Pyongyang and its little leader are all bent out of shape at ... the United States?
Tell it to China.
Indeed, the North Koreans are considerably less formidable when Beijing does not have their back, which may be the case with the 15-0 vote on the Security Council to further isolate that purposely Third World nation by blocking financial transactions and imports, basically just reaffirming its well-deserved pariah status. (Though China backed off a bit on Saturday.)
North Korea's military leaders have responded with a threat of pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S., which does ratchet up the rhetoric somewhat but tends not to be taken too seriously by those who envision just what a moonscape Pyongyang would become if they were ever to back up their words with action.
The conventional wisdom is that they lack the technological capability to deliver a nuclear warhead over any distance.
South Korea has more to worry about, of course, particularly with a new president whom North Korea's 20-something successor to the loony throne, Kim Jong-un - assuming he's calling the shots, which is by no means assured - might want to test.
Again, it's extraordinarily self-defeating, as not only does North Korea "continue to waste its resources on nuclear weapons development while its people are going hungry" - in the quite proper analysis of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the first woman to lead that nation - but now Pyongyang may have lost its last ally and defender as a result of its defiance.
Attack Seoul and, well, it's one thing - and no small thing - if Washington is standing at her side, finger on the trigger. If Beijing looks the other way or decides it has had enough of the nuisance next door - a recent government conference there debated in unprecedented fashion whether to "keep or dump" North Korea - that's a whole new ballgame. Can hardly wait for North Korea's generals to take to state TV and threaten to turn mainland China into "a sea in flames."
Meanwhile, self-promoting buffoons such as former pro basketball player Dennis Rodman decide to have their Jane Fonda moment by traveling to that nation of Napoleon complexes and meeting with its leadership. Seriously? Rodman is in so far over his head he ought to dunk what remains of his brain.
North Korea has been a thorn in this nation's side for going on 60 years, and the act has gotten old. You can't underestimate insanity, but you can tolerate a whole lot less of it when its enabler all these years has finally had it up to here, too.
Page 2 of 2 - This could be a pivotal moment in North Korea's relationship not just with the United States but with the world. The U.N. Security Council - and China - should hold firm.
— Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.