It has been another week of one dumb thing after another meaning my douchebag of the week column is going to be another trainwreck of fools. But the surefire winner of that honor has to be North Korea, who in a stunning degree of ineptitude simultaneously demonstrated their incompetence and defiance to any form of logic with their crash and burn rocket test.
Kin Jung Un is the new leader of the isolated nation and this test meant everything for his rule. Normalized relations were being offered to North Korea, which Mitt Romney criticized of course, and the regime had a chance to enter into the world market and save their failing country. Instead, they choose to try to show the world strength by launching a three stage rocket with a satellite on board. Reporters from around the world were gathered to see this "impressive and historic" launch that could have signified North Korea as a nuclear country with ICBM technology. Instead, the thing blew apart after about two minutes and splashed into the ocean.
The world condemned the action, the US withdrew from any further negotiations and now comes word that North Korea may test a nuclear device to save face. World condemnation has been swift and even close allies like China are grumbling about the whole affair. If China balks on aid for North Korea, a distinct possibility if they feel the nation is out of control, the regime is doomed. As it is, they are going to pay a steep price for their arrogance and the North Korean people are the ones going to suffer the worst. Sooner or later, people are going to get tired of starving and then the gig is up. North Korea overplayed their hand, Kim Jung Un is proving to be more incompetent than his father, and the regime is now nearing an inevitable collapse. Way to go.
Meanwhile, depending on what you read, we have either delayed any action against Iran until after the election or we are preparing to launch an immediate strike. The government is getting better at using disinformation to cover any attack plans but as of right now, the Russians aren't buying it. Russian troops are supposedly massing on the Iranian border to help repel an inevitable attack by US forces. Meanwhile, the US is downgrading the naval forces in the area. Iran continues to behave like douchebags as they have turned off transponders to cover how much oil they are shipping. This could also lead to an accidental collision in the heavy traffic area of the Persian Gulf during the night or bad weather. As to an attack, your guess is as good as mine. I've been burned so many times predicting a war there that I've given up on the matter until I see some concrete evidence of anything solid.
Iran is dangerous and, as we've seen with North Korea, letting them get a nuke will cause untold damage to the world. We shouldn't attack until we have to and if we do, let's hope they don't fight the same type of war they've been fighting for over sixty years because we keep losing all of them by fighting half assed. If we need to go in, go all in. Bomb the major cities, attack all infrastructure and knock them into next week. Anything short of that will just escalate the situation to a point that nuclear war may be an inevitability.
A quick note on the Zimmerman case: Chances are there's won't be a trial. He's been overcharged, the media has destroyed his case and the Sanford police department did such a piss poor job in collecting evidence that most of what will presented will be very circumstantial. His lawyers will call for an evidentiary hearing and, most likely, the judge will throw the whole thing out, citing his ability to get a fair trial, Florida's stand your ground law, and the complete lack of evidence. I still think he's guilty mind you, but I seriously doubt he'll be found that way. Black people will riot in the streets when this happens, but as they usually burn down their own neighborhoods, no one will really care. This case has no winners and we all lose as a result, black or white alike.