The Occasional Muse
My humble opinion on current events
January 13, 2003
North Korea has been a pain in Uncle Sam's
backside for several weeks now. Last year, the U.S. caught the Stalinist
prison cheating on its 1994 agreement and building nuclear weapons.
Surprisingly, North Korea admitted it and suddenly turned all nasty,
threatening to build more weapons and even proclaiming a "holy
war" against the U.S. President Dubya responded to this belligerence
by cutting off oil supplies and working to isolate the regime from its
But the commies haven't capitulated.
Instead, they've grown more brazen, throwing out atomic weapons
inspectors, pulling out from the non-proliferation treaty, and demanding a
bilateral non-aggression pact with the U.S.
There are some important lessons to be
learned here. First of all, communists lie. They do not tell the truth.
You can't trust what they say. For some people, that's pretty obvious. For
others, it's the truth that dare not speak its name.
For example, when grinnin' Jimmy Carter
negotiated an agreement with the commies in 1994, he trusted them when
they said they would not pursue their nuclear weapons program if the U.S.
would build it a nuclear reactor or two. For energy, of course. Totally
peaceful. Clueless Carter fell for it and an even more clueless Clinton
signed off on it. Ever since, the U.S. has been supplying the commies with
energy and aid for the reactor while they have continued to build nukes.
They lied to us. That should not be a surprise, because - let's say it
again - communists lie.
The South Koreans, who we have been
protecting for a few decades with 37,000 American troops, also tend to
forget this lesson. Their new president has come up with a brilliant
solution. Give the commies what they want, but only if they promise to
stop building nuclear weapons.
Someone needs to fly to Seoul and slap a
little Sam Kinnison on President Roh. "The North Korean commies are
liars! They don't tell the truth! You can't trust them! What are you thinking?
(As a brief aside, it's past time those
37,000 Americans came home. The South has twice the North's population,
and, I don't know, about a gazillion times the North's wealth. It should
be able to defend itself, rather than hiding behind the Americans'
Anyway, President Dubya has done the right
thing and ignored Mr. Roh's wonderful idea. But now it's appearing to back
off its no-negotiations-with-liars pledge. From the Associated Press in
today's paper: "The United States is willing to consider energy aid
for North Korea if it ends nuclear weapons development, a U.S. envoy said
today. 'Once we get beyond nuclear weapons, there may be opportunities
with the U.S., with private investors, with other countries to help North
Korea in the energy area,' Assistant U.S. Secretary of State James Kelly
said at a news conference in Seoul."
So now we're going to reward North Korea
for its belligerence and overheated rhetoric, which can't be trusted
anyway. This is how commies operate. Make grand threats, watch surrounding
nations quake with fear, then demand concessions in return for
"peace." It worked for the Soviet Union until President Reagan
came along and called their bluff. It's time to do the same with North
President Dubya can't give in to imagined
or even real threats. His administration's policy toward North Korea
should be the same as Iraq - regime change. I don't care how he does it.
If he doesn't want to use overt force, fine. Reagan didn't need it against
the Soviets. But it is past time for the Supreme Tyrant Kim Jong-il and
his discredited and evil communist philosophy to join the Soviet Union in
the dustbin of history. That, and not placating an aggressive and
untrustworthy dictatorship, will make the world safer.
Speaking of Iraq
The North Korea issue also casts some much
needed light on Iraq. Those who are against taking out Saddam Hussein are
in essence pursuing the same policy that helped create the North Korean
crisis. After all, North Korea had nuclear weapon inspectors and built the
program under their noses. There's no reason to think Saddam can't do the
same, since the inspections
currently underway are a joke.
Regime change in Iraq is necessary because
Saddam wants to be where Kim Jong-il is now. He wants a fearsome weapons
program with which to blackmail and terrify his neighbors into giving him
what he wants. We can deal with Saddam now because he hasn't reached that
point yet. If we wait too long, he could easily develop the means to
create havoc in the Middle East and the world, and the U.S. and other
nations would be forced to negotiate with him. It would be an Arab version
of North Korea, in essence, a disaster.
The U.S. can't let that happen. That's why
Saddam must be taken out.