“The Pyongyang Puzzle,” by S.T. Karnick, National Review, http://nationalreview.com/karnick/karnick200502110941.asp, 11 February 2005.
Shintaro Ishihara is my kind of Japanese politician
Their action of yesterday fails to accomplish either of those things, and it isolates North Korea further from other nations. In particular, it is sure to infuriate the United States and Japan, two of the three major powers in the region. After hearing the statement by the North Korean foreign ministry, the governor of Tokyo scoffed and openly dared Pyongyang to fire a missile at Japan.
The U.S. must simultaneously assure Pyongyang that we have no intention whatever of bringing down their government but that if North Korea does not suspend development of nuclear weapons we will indeed bring down their government. Squaring that circle is the first great test for President Bush’s second term and Rice’s tenure as secretary of state. If there is an answer short of eventual war, it is by no means clear at this point what it could be.
I would rather Kill Kim and eliminate the threat of nuclear war in Greater East Asia.
And win the Korean War. Finally.