Week in Review
North Korea is apparently in desperate need of food and/or energy. As they are being especially belligerent of late. When they want stuff they do some belligerent things. Like a petulant child. The international community then steps in to ratchet down the tension. And gives something to that petulant child to shut them up for awhile. But North Korea’s belligerence seems exceptionally belligerent these days (see North Korea says US ‘hell-bent on regime change’ by CARA ANNA, AP, posted 4/4/2014 on Yahoo! News).
North Korea on Friday accused the United States of being “hell-bent on regime change” and warned that any maneuvers with that intention will be viewed as a “red line” that will result in countermeasures.
Even North Korea is mocking President Obama about red lines.
Pyongyang’s deputy U.N. ambassador Ri Tong Il also repeated that his government “made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test” but refused to elaborate, saying only that “I recommend you to wait and see what it is…”
Ri blamed the U.S. for aggravating tensions on the Korean Peninsula by continuing “very dangerous” military drills with South Korea, by pursuing action in the U.N. Security Council against his country’s recent ballistic missile launches and by going after Pyongyang’s human rights performance.
Ri also accused the U.S. of blocking a resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program by settling preconditions and said Washington’s primary goal is to maintain tensions and prevent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula…
North Korea walked away from the six-party nuclear disarmament talks in 2009 over disagreements on how to verify steps the North was meant to take to end its nuclear programs…
Using the initials of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name, Ri said, “The DPRK has been making strenuous, hard efforts, very generous, toward easing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but ignoring all this generous position of the DPRK and its proposals, the U.S. went ahead with opening the joint military drills, very aggressive nature, and they’re now expanding in a crazy manner the scale of this exercise.”
This is the problem with being a reclusive communist regime. Yours is a world based on lies. You lie to your people. You lie to the world. You lie so much that you lose any connection to reality. Nuclear tests. Ballistic missile launches. An atrocious human rights record. Walking away from six-party nuclear disarmament talks. And yet they say they are being generous and working hard to ease the tensions on the Korean Peninsula? Tensions one would conclude North Korea caused based on Pyongyang’s deputy U.N. ambassador’s statements. Do they not see this? Or do they believe that the world will believe whatever they say? No matter how big the lie?
It makes one wonder if that ‘red line’ comment was a clever dig at President Obama. Or just a coincidence. For Vladimir Putin may be able to pull off a clever dig at President Obama. But when it comes to geopolitics Pyongyang deputy U.N. ambassador is no Vladimir Putin. For he is an autocrat. And understands the use of power (military and economic). The threat of using power. And uses it to take what he wants. Unlike the North Koreans (who can only make nuclear bluffs-they can’t cut off someone’s energy supplies like Putin can). Or president Obama for that matter. Who makes ‘red line’ declarations but fails to do anything once a red line is crossed.
A little regime change would be nice in North Korea. No doubt their people would like to live without those horrible human rights abuses. And the international community would like not having to deal with these recurring tantrums. But regime change will be painful. And costly. Especially for South Korea. Who will probably have to feed the North Koreans after their regime collapses. And bear the burden of reunifying the Koreas. With the United States no doubt having to pick up part of those costs. For the last thing they want is instability on the Korean Peninsula. But with the Obama administration slashing the defense budget the last thing they want is another nation to rebuild. So it is highly doubtful that the U.S. is “hell-bent on regime change.” Unless there was an inexpensive way of doing it. Which there rarely is.
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