North Korea – the so-labelled Stalinist regime – conducted its first nuclear test. Bush threatened ‘sever repercussions. Korea responded with a two fingered salute.
Kim Jong-il is deemed to be an ‘erratic unpleasant ruler’ a ‘loose-canon’. I think that description fits Bush perfectly and besides he is not exactly compos mentis – is he?
Comment: how dare one Western Country have the chutzpah to dictate to the rest of the world that it is quite in order for her to have nuclear power but not acceptable for other countries to strive for the same level of self protection!
Economic sanctions is the most ill-considered actions. That would hurt the most poorest and vulnerable people and achieve nothing but more human misery. Both threats and bribery have proved ineffective. West must either accept N Korea into its nuclear club or launch an attack on its weapon sites if it dares. The only palatable option is to negotiate.
West needn’t worry about Korea selling its nuclear weapons to terrorists as those could be traced by its nuclear signature – as if US being traced as the supplier to Israel during the current Israel Lebanon war made any difference in its attitude or aptitude for war-mongering propensity. There is nothing that US can do to make N Korea reverse course. It had better put up or shut up.
India as a nuclear nation – not US’s poodle – has significantly shifted the Global Nuclear Compass irretrievably towards the East. It is about time.