Last evening on my radio show, I suggested that in dealing with North Korea's nuclear test it was time to go back to the Cold War model of Mutually Assured Destruction; that we assist Japan and South Korea in developing nuclear weapons; and that we also arm Taiwan.
I've got a better idea: Why don't we just nuke the whole region ourselves straightaway and be done with it? End the suspense!
Levin's suggestion reminds me of my favorite bit from Blackadder Goes Forth, in which Blackadder explains the reasons for the war to his trusted manservant Baldrick, as they sit in their muddy trench on the Western Front, awaiting the final push.
Blackadder: You see, Baldrick, in order to prevent a war in Europe, two super blocs developed: us, the French and the Russians on one side, and the Germans and Austro-Hungary on the other. The idea was to have two vast, opposing armies, each acting as the other's deterrent. That way, there could never be a war.
Baldrick: Except, well, this is sort of a war, isn't it?
Blackadder: That's right, there was one tiny flaw in the plan.
George: Oh, what was that?
Blackadder: It was bollocks.