Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Staying away last week, I missed the New Republic about a possible solution to North Korea.
First, the short, sharp reasons on why Iraq and not North Korea:
The immediate answer is simple: We must presume that North Korea now has a deliverable nuclear bomb and could therefore respond to any attack by vaporizing Seoul or Tokyo. That is why the administration's decision not to threaten war against North Korea is correct; but it is also why the North Korean case strengthens the case for preemption against Iraq: If we do not act against Saddam before he gets the bomb, we may forfeit our ability to act against him ever again.

Simple when you see it like this, isn’t it? There are people out there will simultaneously argue that we should not attack Iraq because they haven’t got the Bomb, and should attack North Korea because they have. Great Moments in doublethink.

The New Republic really wants to upset the Tranzi’s, by advocating a Great Power Solution:
The four powers around Korea--Russia, Japan, China, and the United States--should join to put a modulated end to the North Korean state by denying it all aid, except aid with tight strings attached that is aimed at gradually shifting its sovereign prerogatives into South Korean hands.

Read the rest. Author Adam Garfinkle shows that all parties can benefit from the arrangement.

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