Tuesday, October 17, 2006

North Korea's Blustering

N. Korea: U.N. sanctions are declaration of war

Doesn't this follow the pattern in the "Militant Dictator Handbook?" A country does something they've been repeated warned not do to; something they've been promising all along they haven't been getting ready for (the PRK didn't make this bomb overnight, there has been quite a bit of preparation going on there). Then, when they prove they're not following agreements and treaties and other nations protest, out come the threats of military action.

The troubling part of this particular story is that North Korea has one of the largest standing armies in the world. They may very well have weapons of mass destruction other than nuclear ones. They are also led by a meglomaniacal dictator, drunk on his own power who would rather starve his fellow citizens in order to keep his military in the best condition it can be.

The world needs to tread cautiously towards dealing with this problem. Sanctions are a good first step - but they have to be imposed by all nations. South Korea's leadership has said they won't close down "key economic projects with the North, despite concerns that they may help fund the North’s nuclear and missile programs." A foolhardy stand, in my opinion. Why not just let the North do whatever they want with no consequences. Wake up folks - appeasement never works. Does anyone remember Neville Chamberlain?

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