North Korea’s sudden change of heart: Are things actually the way they seem?

Why would North Korea suddenly change their declared objective of being a nuclear power even before they had played all their cards to maximal advantage in hopes of improving their reputation in full view of the international community? North Korea, at least topically, blew up the entrances to their nuclear labs before they had used that demonstration to its best use as their trump card in negotiations with the Trump himself. Why?

We know for sure that North Korea has managed to accomplish a significant nuclear underground explosion creating an earth-wide quake of magnitude 6+ on the Richter Scale. If there is more knowledge known by intelligence agencies, we have not been told of it, for reasons also unknown. But that in itself begs the question of why would North Korea unilaterally destroy the entrances to their nuclear facilities? And, why is North Korea in such a hurry to achieve a summit? I have a theory for which I have no evidence but which is a plausible explanation to what we have seen in plain sight: Their explosion may have compromised the entire North Korea nuclear complex and they had to entomb it immediately, Chernobyl style, because of the threat that radiation endangered North Korea itself. The West would soon observe the radiation from an uncontrolled explosion that exceeded all expectations. It would have been better to bury it quickly than to try to hide the fact until it could be more effectively used as a demonstration of North Korea’s compliance with de-nuking. 

I suggest that North Korea is playing up the destruction of the access to their own nuclear labs in an effort to get some mileage out of what is otherwise simply a disaster. They may have an anthill, deep into their remote mountains, which is too radioactive to ever be made safe for use during all foreseeable human history. How could that fact be best utilized as something positive in their hope to improve their own standing in the opinion of the world? Clearly, it is to make it a sacrificial lamb to show some sort of world-visible resolve to end their nuclear adventure with the hope of turning that visible event into an act of altruism. So, they invite every reporter they could muster, waive all travel restrictions, and give the reporters ample opportunity to photo document the intentional destruction of the nuclear program. If they have to bury the disaster anyway for non-altruistic reasons, they might as well make a show of it. They are putting whipped cream and a cherry on top of a problem that has no other resolution.

And it is going to work, which is a good thing. To me, it matters not why there is a reduction in nuclear warfare, only that there is such a reduction. I encourage North Korea to entomb its nuclear facilities and play it up for all the peace it can generate. Our president deserves the credit for being the president at the time of the occurrence, but not, I don’t believe, to take any credit for the event itself. There is no credit to be had, only a lucky circumstance of events that may prove to save thousands of lives.

I have no secret information to substantiate my assertion other than that it is the only logical explanation for the facts we have observed. Sometimes, like the parting of the Red Sea, events occur that, however improbable, prove to be to the benefit of the world. Then again there are volcanoes that don’t always capitulate as gracefully. Perhaps a disaster, of a degree we are never likely to document, has saved unknown numbers of lives and brought potential peace to a part of Earth that has suffered 70 years of war.

Now we need something to happen with Iran and the many other hot spots in our human existence to let nature bring peace to where humans have made it rare. One need not believe in God to look in the rear view mirror and see that some terrible thing has ultimately become a turning pointing from a likely horror to unprejudiced goodness. Pray if you are so inclined, otherwise just continue to hope that mankind can continue to endure, even if by mistake.


Philip Truax built Sharon Computer and Mohawk Internet. His four sons all attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He is a third-generation resident of Sharon.