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Obama In Flames Courtesy Of North Korea

Updated on February 20, 2013

Is this a provocation or a threat to the United States? If I were to answer this question, it’s a hell YES! With the growing tension in the Asia Pacific, this propaganda video showing the US President with a flaming background does not help one bit. In fact, it simply fuels the tension.

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The Video

After the North Korea’s propaganda video circulated, the White House simply shrugged at the ploy. Perhaps they think that the need to attract attention is just too lame. However, Pyongyang remains fiery in its comments that it was the United States’ aggressive actions that prompted them to push through with their nuclear tests. Now, this is a different matter!

Obama spokesperson Jay Carney criticized North Korea for its “flagrant violations of its commitments,” pertaining to the agreements with the United Nations which includes its nuclear program.

The Obama in flames video by the North Korean government was uploaded in YouTube by its official website: Uriminzokkiri. Captions in the video stated that US aggression has forced their country to continue their nuclear tests. Moreover, the video claims that their nuclear program is the country’s means to safeguard their sovereignty.

The video’s last message is "The whole world is now watching. The US must answer now." This clearly shows that the video’s argument that it’s US’s fault should a nuclear holocaust happens.

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In retrospect

The current situation in the Asia Pacific is a complicated web of issues. Apart from the North and South Korea conflict, where the US is unfortunately dragged into, the tension in the West Philippine Sea between China and the Philippines adds to the complication. Of course we want an amicable resolution of disputes and issues. However, when one is blatantly accused of aggression against another, what should a country do? More importantly what should the president do?

Is it too naive of me to seek a peaceful end to all these? Or am I just blinded by the fact that there are sides that’d rather choose a more aggressive route?

If you were given the chance to address the situation, what would you do?


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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      That's true Lexie. Whatever happens, other countries will be affected whether directly or indirectly.

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      Lex Santos 4 years ago

      Yaiks, This is really grave. If I were to handle this, I'd show more maturity than the video. The president has to address this actively but, with great care.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello ib radmasters,

      Politics always play a huge role in international conflicts. Always, the two sides think they are doing the right thing. I appreciate the reply. See you around.

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      We wouldn't have this problem with North Korea today if we didn't have the politicians running military battles. We tied the war with North Korea in the 1950s, only to have them as a major threat today.

      In my opinion it was the result of the politicians not ending WWII properly, which created the cold war. This resulted in the USSR and China backing both North Korea and North Vietnam making it impossible for us to win in those wars.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there Pombooie,

      Thank you for that reply. We can not detach ourselves from the fact that when there is strain between countries, the lives of its citizens are affected. The longer it prevails, the harder it will be to contain. I'm afraid that when the government fails to address this issue, the people may turn to more drastic actions.

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      Roy Samuel Faulkner 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It's a tricky one; blatant provocation, no matter how puerile, seems to demand a response, and yet as your Poll suggests, people are unconcerned about the sabre rattling of an oppressive Asian regime struggling to feed its people.

      A response is a must - a moderated and controlled response that pitches America to the world, that the Gung-Ho Chuck Norris Days of Delta Force are over, and that cooler heads prevail.