Sunday, October 22, 2006


"Better the Kim you know"

Eric Margolis is a right-wing columnist who often talks sense because he's well-educated, a pragmatist, and not insane, making him something of a oner on the right. He says: Keep in mind, North Korea has done nothing illegal under international law. It has every right to conduct nuclear tests. India and Pakistan did so in 1998. Today, the U.S. provides India with nuclear fuel and technology. The United States, Britain, France, Russia and China have all violated the basic international law on nuclear power, the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT). Article IV of the treaty mandates complete nuclear disarmament under strict and effective international control. That was 38 years ago. Today, these nations have 30,000 nuclear weapons. None of the treaty signatories has abandoned nuclear weapons. The U.S. is updating its nuclear arsenal and developing deep penetrator weapons. ... Those nations screaming the loudest about North Korea and Iran barging into the restricted nuclear club are also the nations with the biggest stocks of nuclear weapons themselves. The U.S. has nuclear weapons based in South Korea and with its 7th Fleet in the Pacific. South Korea has twice been caught with covert nuclear weapons programs. Japan can reportedly assemble nuclear weapons on 90 daysi notice, and itis believed Taiwan has long run a covert nuclear program.... None of North Koreais other neighbours want Kimis regime to collapse either. North Koreais implosion would produce millions of starving refugees, possible civil war, or anarchy.... Behind all this cynical farce lies a serious danger. Forced inspections of North Korean ships could spark a military clash between the U.S. and North Korea or, worse, between the U.S. and China. Asians fear the U.S. may do to North Korea what it did to Iraq to overthrow a nasty but effective government and replace it with anarchy. Better the Kim you know... The world has survived a nuclear-armed Stalin and a nuclear-armed Mao. With God's grace, it will survice a nuclear-armed George Bush and Kim Jong Il as well.
"With God's grace, it will survice a nuclear-armed George Bush and Kim Jong Il as well."

I am more concerned at the "sanity" of those who keep King George in power.

When it comes to nukes, I would want someone who knows a little bit more about negotiations than some turnip that just fell off the truck.
Amen to that.
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