I don't really see how China would throw away their meal-ticket by nuking the West for stopping a small warmongering nation which has lost its mind.
The most likely reaction from China would be to send troops into NK to take command after America wipes them off the map, instead of letting Western troops invade and get direct borders with China: Or demand monopoly on the peacekeeping operations once NK surrenders. I suspect that NK would have been a very nice way to make a good buck as well, rebuilding such a nation would be both profitable and prestigious.
OmegaBolt: hmm, thats some opinion I guess. I think there are plenty of nations around the world that keeps themselves away from the influence of the US without going totally isolationist.
Even if you put on some rose tinted glasses and look at USA as an elite-controlled warmachine that shoots armies at whomever the rich wants them to shoot armies at; it has been the most non-confrontational superpower in the human history of superpowers. Not that it can't change for the worse; we were very close to the pit after 9/11, but it seems to be balancing out again now.
But I must admit, the biggest shame we in the West have to bear in a hundred years will be how to defend all the things we've done in the name of profit.
three words for our age:
- Rationalization: Find your hole in the sand to keep your sanity, don't believe in anything "good", hide your doubts unless you want to be exiled,
- Greed: money, money, money, rat race, guile and theft, beating the system, avoiding taxes, thinking society is something someone else pays for, get rich or die trying, cooperate only when it pays off, the biggest thing in life is you.
- Shadows: Espionage, proxy wars, terrorism, fear of losing what little we've gained, uncertain future in technological / political and economical terms.
The space-race was the last noble project that really caught our imaginations. Nowadays people don't think of space because there's no money to be made of it. If we keep this mentality for the next hundred years, we'll run out of products to sell as our planet becomes a materialistic garbage heap empty of life. But I digress