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North Korea’s Hydrogen Bomb is a Fake but ISLAM is Real
The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, as a show of force following North Korea's nuclear test last week. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that the test on 6th January 2016 was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a U.S. threat of nuclear war. Few days after that Pyongyang released the footage of a North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test. North Korea's fourth nuclear test angered both China, its main ally, and the United States, although the U.S. government and weapons experts doubt the North's claim that the device was a hydrogen bomb and the missile test was fake. (Source: Reuters, 11 January 2016)
Indeed what the U.S. government and weapon experts doubt about the North Korea’s claim is correct. Though Pyongyang has the resources and capabilities to produce the military weapons, but it was a propaganda than the real truth. North Korea has launched few tests, years before not even successfully. In May and November 2015 when North Korea launched submarine-launched ballistic missile (The Bukkeukseong - 1), it ended in failure. The launch of a North Korean rocket to put a satellite in orbit in April 2012 was also failed attempt.
Before the collapse of the Soviet Union and Berlin Wall, the threat from the communist ideology was prominent. The communist countries spreading its ideology used military strength to push and propagate the idea. However, the communist ideology is none to exist now and the North Korea’s testing was merely trying to get the attention of their existence from the world and to show off their “strength” as the remaining communist state.
The U.S. is far more to believe the capabilities North Korea has nothing that poses a danger to neighboring nations or to the U.S. or Russia. The U.S. and Russia have better capabilities to produce military weapons as we saw that they were using Muslim lands as the test bed to test their latest technology in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. In fact the U.S. has about 7000 nuclear warhead comparable amount as Russia. The world including the U.N. has condemned North Korea for the test they conducted that caused an earthquake and perhaps radiation and has raised security tension on the region but the fact is no human lives were lost. However the thousands of airstrikes launched by the U.S. coalition or Russia in Syria, killing civilians is a unspoken crime by the world.
The Korean peninsula conflict between North Korea and neighbouring countries is benefiting the U.S. to continue its influence and control in the East Asia region. Security threats raised by North Korea is a similar kind of threat as what is happening in the South China Sea, against China. The U.S. always claims its responsibility to protect its close allies in the region such as South Korea and Japan. The U.S. is not going to bomb or launch airstrikes on North Korea just because of the fake missile or hydrogen bomb test. The existence of North Korea is equally important for the reason of the U.S. to be existent in the region. North Korea is already suffering from international sanctions. The U.S. is more than happy to contain the situation as is and keep North Korea as a permanent and continuous security threat in the region.
The situation is different in Middle East where Islam has become the ideological threat for the U.S. Islam as a religion is spreading fast in Europe and the call for Sharia implementation in the Muslim lands is louder than before. Islam as the Deen is a much more powerful threat to the U.S. or Europe compared to the North Korean's Hydrogen bomb. The Kuffar are now aggressively trying to stop this by attacking Muslim men and women, create hatred, portraying negative images of Islam day by day, and threatening others about the potential danger from Muslims, descendants from Muslim countries or even from Muslim sympathizers. For Muslims, regardless of what the Kuffar are trying to do, remain steadfast with the DEEN and the implementation of Islam as a whole is a MUST and the effort must continue whatever the challenge may be,
((يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ادْخُلُواْ فِي السِّلْمِ كَآفَّةً وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ))
“O you who believe, enter Islam completely, and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Surely, he is an open enemy for you” [Al-Baqarah 2:208]
Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by