North Korea 'will not hit back'
So one thing that has always fascinated me is international diplomacy. For a while, I was (and still consider myself of this school, but haven't had the time to keep up on his writings) a big fan of Thomas P.M. Barnett. His writing on the socioeconomic gaps and how they define geopolitics are pretty on point. His theory is that our wham bam approach to military strikes only is half of the equation, that what needs to happen immediately after is nation building. The reason for that is these unstable countries don't fit into our superpower cold war paradigm. North Korea is one of those unstable countries on the rewritten military priorities map. The fact that they didn't retaliate is kind of big. It shows that, yes, they may be unhinged, but they also can show a little bit of restraint. This means there's a chance for diplomacy to work. Must wonder if its the new incoming regime.
North Korea 'will not hit back': "North Korea says it will not retaliate despite 'reckless provocation' from the South, which has held live-firing exercises near their maritime border."
(Via BBC News - Home.)