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Aside from the obvious "what the fuck?!" running through most everyone's mind, do you think North Korea has the balls to attack the United States?
I don't think it's a question of "balls".
I think it's a question of magical thinking, the same kind that led Hitler to believe Germans were superior and could conquer the world, and that led Japan to believe something similar. I'm afraid that kind of magical thinking is deeply ingrained in the heavily-brainwashed and isolated North Korea.
The previous "Dear Leader" (Kim Jong-il) was strong enough to keep those with such magical thinking — and the military — under control; unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be true for the new kid (Kim Jong-un).
If Kim does start a war, it could be the ugliest, most destructive war since WWII, and could be the first time since then that nuclear weapons were used in war. It would be devastating for South Korea and probably Japan, too. Fortunately, it seems very unlikely that China would back North Korea this time. I would expect a broad coalition to take quick, decisive action. But I really hope it doesn't happen, because it would be almost unimaginably bad.