While we focus on Iran and Syria, pay attention to North Korea. It possesses the full arsenal of weapons of mass destruction: chemical, biological and nuclear as well as cyberwarriors.
The Kim dynasty - grandfather Kim Il-sung , father Kim Jong-il vKim Jong-un - is dangerously unpredictable. Tales from the Hermit Kingdom evoke Game of Thrones.
In the purge following Kim Jong-un's taking power, the former Army Minister was dispatched by a mortar round. The family of Kim's former girlfriend was forced to watch her execution then trucked off to the gulags.
The regime is also a regional menace.
North Korea was behind the assassination of the mother of current Korean President Park Geun-hye, the bombing in Rangoon that killed many in the South Korean cabinet, the abduction of Japanese citizens, and the sinking, by submarine, of a South Korean frigate.
Systematic human rights violations in North Korea remain "widespread", reports Amnesty International. The annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights observed that the "use of political prison camps, frequent public executions and severe food shortages, coupled with the extreme difficulty of gaining access, make DPRK [North Korea] singularly problematic."
Unanimous votes of concern in the UN General Assembly and by the Human Rights Council have had no effect. The UN Special Rapporteur has never been allowed to investigate.
Having withdrawn from the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, North Korea developed a nuclear weapon in tandem with a ballistic missile capacity. It recently reactivated a plutonium-producing nuclear reactor in Yongbyon.
North Korean missiles threaten North East Asia and they could potentially reach the west coast of North America. After a third North Korean nuclear test in February, the U.S. will spend a billion dollars to place additional interceptors in Alaska.