Friday, July 07, 2006

Kim Jong Illin'

North Korea continues its thermonuclear saber-rattling as the rest of the world looks on with trepidation. It's never good when an enemy attains nuclear technology—worse when that enemy is of the batshit crazy variety.

Most of the rest of the world has condemned North Korea's recent missile tests, and Kim's regime has responded with a great big "up yours". It's their Marx&Engels-given right to develop their defense capabilities, so the argument goes. What right do we have to dictate defense policy to them?

At this point, it would be useful to mention that long-range nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles are a particularly dubious method of defending the homeland. They're great at blowing the crap out of somewhere else, but that's more of an offensive goal.

Of course, the U.S. isn't exactly in the position to make this argument, since we've maintained a massive nuclear arsenal for so-called national defense (remember the "Peacekeeper" missile?) for about 60 years now, with no end in sight. If we'd like to advocate a disarmament path for North Korea, it would be nice to practice what we preach. Otherwise, Kim is perfectly justified in his insanity. He's only following the American lead in self-"defense", after all.
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