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  • From the BBC's Timeline on North Korea:
    1994 - North Korea agrees to freeze nuclear programme in return for $5bn worth of free fuel and two nuclear reactors.

    2003 - Pyongyang claims that it has produced enough plutonium to start making nuclear bombs.

  • From Neville Chamberlain's speech in October 1938 after signing the Munich Agreement which gave Hitler the Sudetanland in return for his promise not to take any more territory:
    We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and … thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.

  • From PBS' Newshour with Jim Lehrer, October 30, 2000. Lehrer asks Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who has just returned from a visit with North Korea's Kim Jong-il to discuss the growing threat of offensive missiles, what she found out:
    Well, he's basically prepared to look at some kind of an exchange in terms of this idea that he actually originally had raised with [Russian] President Putin about if we would launch some peaceful satellites for him instead. But he basically, I think, is prepared to take some important steps.

  • From the BBC's "On This Day" website for September 1:
    1939: Germany invades Poland; German forces have invaded Poland and its planes have bombed Polish cities, including the capital, Warsaw.

  • From the LA Times, Wednesday, July 5, 2006:
    Defying broad international pressure, North Korea test-fired at least six missiles into the Sea of Japan today, including a long-range Taepodong 2 that has been the focus of tension because of its purported ability to reach U.S. territory.

  • Chamberlain 1938: I believe it is peace for our time.

  • Albright 2000: Kim Jong-il is "prepared to take some important steps."

  • January 29, 2002: George W. Bush in the State of the Union address North Korea, Iran, and Iraq, "constitute an axis of evil."

  • Albright, quoted by the BBC, "called Mr. Bush's comments 'a big mistake'".

  • If we've learned anything over the past century it is this: You cannot make a deal with a madman.

  • You can make a deal with a madman but you can't then feign surprise or disappointment when the madman pays no attention to the deal you believed you had cut.

  • Madmen, in history, have had some trouble grasping the underlying meaning of deliberations, agreements, and communiqués.

  • Leaving Hitler with his army in 1938 was like leaving a tiger in a cage with a lamb. Leaving Jong-il with his missiles was like leaving Hitler with his army.

  • If they have them. They are going to use them.

  • Reuters reported Wednesday that Venezuela President Hugo Chavez showed off the "Russian fighter jets his government is planning to buy…"

  • If he has them. He's going to use them.

  • Iran and nuclear weapons? Same thing.

  • We are now just about four months away from the mid-term elections in the US. Every politician running for office will be attempting to calibrate a response to these events.

  • Listen carefully to the Members of Congress and Senators running in your area. History has proven that politicians who clamor for appeasement are, sooner or later, proven wrong.

  • And the cost of their mistakes is, always much, much higher than the price they were trying to avoid in the first place.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring Page today: Links to the BBC, PBS, and the LA Times; a Mullfoto-Traveler's-Tip; and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.