Thursday, June 02, 2005

Prick them, do they not bleed?

Remember President Bush? He's the guy who invaded Iraq because we "know they have nucular (sic) weapons" when they didn't? This is the man who says he will champion diplomacy with North Korea because the other option is military. Interesting, no?

North Korea recently said that VP Dick Cheney is a "bloodthirsty beast," and is using his comments that the Dear Leader, General Kim Chong-Il is irresponsible as a reason to stall in the 6 party talks that have been stalling for eons. "What Cheney uttered at a time when the issue of the six-party talks is high on the agenda is little short of telling (North Korea) not to come out for the talks," an unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency, according to what I picked up Here. This country is like a 5 year old who doesn't want to go to bed. They will pretend to do what you want, and then, right when you think they're behaving, there they are in the playroom with their toy rockets; only, in this case, the rockets aren't toys.

If we're so deadset on diplomacy, as we have been with other countries that have called us the enemy by name, then perhaps we need to use a little, uh, persuasive diplomacy, to get them to talk... Perhaps they'll understand something a little more persuasive than us giving them gas and food (thanks a lot, Bill).

Of course, North Korea is different than Iraq. They believe in their leader religiously, and because of that, they are willing to die to protect their utopia. Plus, the country is largely mountainous, with caves everywhere. It would not be a conventional war whatsoever. And then, of course, there's the problem with China. If North Korea attacks first, China doesn't get involved, but if we, or the ROK, or whoever, attacks first, then China will view it as a threat and would likely come to the aid.

Things aren't going to change in East Asia. We have too much at stake in China, South Korea, and Japan's economies to risk a war that would kill any of their markets. We'll probably keep saying nice doggy and trying to keep the DPRK on the back burner for as long as we can.


Thomas said...

Have you ever seen "To Be or Not To Be" with Jack Benny?

Bookworm said...

North Korea also strikes me as a country that cannot be counted on to engage in any rationale behavior -- or, at least, behavior that we in the West would define as rational. More than any other country in the world, I think North Korea would be perfectly happy to resolve an armed dispute by dropping nuclear bombs on both South Korea and Japan (assuming they can reach that far). While individual Islamists would be happy to do the same (to America), we could be reasonably certain that the leadership would not. (Of course, there was always the possibility that they would nuke Israel, but apparently Israel gave the US the okay -- as in, we're willing to take the risk if you'll take the bigger risk of getting rid of Saddam.)

Steve said...

Thomas, no I haven't. Is it any good?

BW, I think you're right in that they don't do what we consider conventional at all. Their unpredictable behavior is what concerns me most.

Some have speculated that South Korea doesn't want reunification as strongly as they say they do, after seeing what happened to the German economy after the Wall came down. I don't know how much truth there is to that, but I'm sure it's on a lot of businesspeople's minds...