Something I've noticed about Twitter is that most of the time it works similarly to a flock of sheep. For this analogy to not end there, let's pretend that a topic is synonymous with a patch of grass.
Somehow a topic will flare up on Twitter and it doesn't take too long for things to escalate so that it seems the entire website is devoted to that topic. While sometimes the topics discussed are minor, such as #ILoveAGirlWho, there are some serious news stories that break on the site, such as the Twitter feud between members of One Direction and members of The Wanted. Lately, people have taken to Twitter to discuss their opinions on North Korea and the rising level of threats that they are sending to the US.
I saw in an article on CNN that more US citizens are genuinely concerned about North Korea's threats now than ever before. Are the threats entirely justified, though? While tensions are at an all time high around the Korean peninsula, US officials do not see an immediate threat. This doesn't meant that they are not prepared, should something happen. I think it just means that the US is confident in its war capabilities. I'm not personally concerned for my safety, though. Below is a graphic that shows the projected missile ranges of North Korea. To this point, they do not have a missile that can reach Florence, Alabama. I'm not saying to take the threats lightly and I'm also not saying that we should only be concerned about ourselves. I simply don't see the need for people in Alabama to be posting about what they're going to do now that their time is limited, thanks to North Korea.
The story is different for people in US controlled islands and South Korea, though. These places are the places that are in immediate threat. I still don't think that is something that the US is too concerned about, though. I saw that the US has sent THAADs (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) to Guam, which are missiles specifically designed to take down other missiles. They are like the granddaddy longlegs of the missile world. However, on top of the land-based THAAD, the US has also sent X-Band Radars to sit in the Pacific that serve the same function (pictured below). The US is ready in case North Korea decides to strike.
The big controversy is currently focused on when the US should use what they have. I have no doubt that the US already has defensive and offensive plans in case North Korea actually does try anything. However, the US can't act on threats alone because it is already known for flexing it's muscle more often than it should.
I am prone to inaccuracies, so if you see something that you disagree with, let me know. How big of a threat would you say North Korea is, whether to the US or just in general? At what point would you support US invoking a war with North Korea if you don't already? I'm interested to see what you think.