Colorado vs. North Korea

Lucas Hale, Editor

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In our current global climate, many citizens have developed a justifiable fear of nuclear attacks, especially states with active military bases. Due to international unease, America’s current DEFCON  (DEFense readiness CONdition) is at a four, and the highest and most alarming DEFCON rank is one. A four means that there is no imminent nuclear threat to the United States, but there are events unfolding that require very close monitoring. And the American people have definitely been monitoring the situation as it’s been unfolding. As diplomatic conditions deteriorate between the United Nations and North Korea, civilians grow more and more uneasy.

Historically, the United States and North Korea have been at odds. However, it seems that recently, tensions between the nations have come to an inevitable head. So as civilians deal with the prospect of nuclear war on the horizon, it’s time consider the pros and cons of living in our beautiful state.

Colorado is a land endowed with fascinating sights and natural resources, many natural resources. In 2015, the state supplied more than three of every hundred barrels of U.S. crude oil production. Colorado is also home to five major military installments, including the United States Air Force Academy, North American Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and five strategic military commands.

According to our official website, “Our state’s military assets support many of the most important defense and intelligence missions in the world including missile warning, space control and missile defense and operation of the worldwide global positioning system (GPS) network.”

Colorado is a strategic and cultural hub for the United States. Although North Korea is currently fixated on Guam, another large home to our armed forces, it has alluded to wishes of leveling the mainland.

Recent remarks include threatening to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “Ashes and Darkness”, and Kim Jong-un personally boasted that after successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, “The whole U.S. mainland is now within reach.” Although we can rest fairly easily because Colorado, due to its military strength, is actually one of the more protected areas of the nation.

Amidst our current conflict, we must still think rationally, and though North Korea may resort to the nuclear option, we should remember deflection and interception are possibilities. While Korea has been testing its missile technology, America has been testing and strengthening its own defense.

But the U.S. is no stranger to nuclear arsenals with six thousand eight-hundred warheads in its possession. Russia, with seven thousand, has the only known nuclear stockpile that is larger. North Korea also knows that the U.N. includes several nations with their own nuclear capabilities. Even Kim Jong-un should know that a preemptive strike would most definitely assure our mutual destruction.

Please don’t be hysterical over a hypothetical international conflict, and remember, war is a dangerous game. The only real winning move is not to play.