Prior to the hostilities in Iraq, a day didn't go by without hearing the North Korean pres- ident Kim Jong-il threatening the nuclear destruction of America and pointing out all the things he saw as a reason to hit Los Angeles or Washington D.C., or any point in be- tween, with his nuclear tipped missiles.
Number one on his list of "acts of war," were any sanctions by the United Nations Secu- rity Council in reaction to North Korea's kicking out the UN weapons inspectors, who were investigating North Korea's violation of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, not to mention its breach of the agreement its political regime made with Jimmy Carter during the Clinton administration, by ignoring all of North Korea's promises and building atom- ic bombs.
Supposedly, you can't blame Mr. Carter or the Clinton administration for the threatening situation. After all, North Korea promised to refrain from developing and possessing nu- clear weapons. Actually, you can and you should blame the two former U.S. presidents, as Mr. Carter's psychotic naivete and Mr. Clinton's chronic aversion to confrontation may cost untold lives here in the U.S.A. for the failure to address the problems in North Korea back in 1994 the way they should have been addressed.
Now, after the stunning win in Iraq, the North Koreans seem to be backing off a bit in their demand for bilateral talks between them and the U.S.A., excluding anyone else. Week before last, North Korea said it would allow China in on the talks. For some, that is quite a concession by the North Koreans, and a victory for the Bush administration. For others, it isn't a noteworthy concession and there isn't anything to talk about.
North Korea is a rogue nation led by a maniac who cares less for the well-being of his population than most people feel for an old pair of shoes. Kim Jong-il has no respect for human life, and he has nuclear weapons. So far, he has defied the world and refuses to give up the A-bombs he has or his nuclear program to make more. In fact, he is defiantly announcing his progress in making more atomic bombs.
What is there to talk about? Kim knows how America feels about his quest for weapons of mass destruction. The problem, of course, is compounded by China and Russia, who want to appear against a nuclear Korean peninsula, but actually helped create it and will veto any UN attempt to mount a united world front against it.
The fact that Kim continues to build nuclear weapons and continues to threaten the United States of America with a nuclear attack, should it take any steps to stop North Korea's accumulation of even more weapons of mass destruction, would intuitively lend itself to just one response from the U.S.A., post 9-11. Either North Korea complies with our demands, or face serious consequences. If Russia and China or any other nations continue in their complicity of aiding and abetting a nuclear threat to the United States, America must take appropriate action, now. We simply cannot wait for North Korea to be in a position of mutually assured destruction with the United States.
Unlike the Cold War, we are not dealing with the old Soviet Union or with China, the political regimes of those countries having been forced to restrain or moderate their aggressive tendencies by their fear of their own destruction, should they fail to exercise restraint or moderation. Kim Jung-il will happily watch the conflagration from inside a safe haven far from the dangers that will befall his nation. Unfortunately, so will many leaders of other nations, watching in perverted satisfaction.
America is very much alone at this time in the world. Many internationalists have re- signed themselves to the notion that, so long as America is the sole superpower, or, as now described by the French, the sole "hyper-power," the world cannot be unified. America needs to be brought down. North Korea under Kim Jung-il was chosen to do that.
America should be under no illusions about those that claim to be our friends, or, at the very least, are presumed to be our allies Many of them are actually rooting for our de- feat. Whether it is the Left elitists in Europe, the Chinese, the Russians or the Koreans, America has much to be concerned about and should not start to doubt who instigated the present situation.
We cannot be persuaded that it is up to us to "mend fences," or be "magnanimous," in the face of disguised hostilities. We are not the ones straining relations and throwing up roadblocks and triggering ill will. America is concerned about America's safety first Our erstwhile friends are also concerned about America's safety, but they are trying to di- minish it. We need to let them know that we know them for what they really are.
Proxies are nothing new in the world of war. We need to call a spade a spade. We need to expose those who would do us harm and we need to expose the hypocrites who call themselves "peacemakers."
Paul Walfield is a freelance writer and member of the State Bar of California, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology
and post-graduate study in behavioral and analytical psychology. He resided for a number of years in the small town of
Houlton, Maine, and is now a California attorney. His articles appear in numerous periodicals and on numerous websites. He
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