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Making Sense of North Korea

Bob319 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 9:04 AM
Matt you are kinda right -- Both Germany and Japan had programs to develop nuclear weapons during the war. Obviously our program worked first because of a lot of reasons but the genie was out of the bottle. Throughout history big powers or nations want the latest military toys so that they can keep their power. When I think of North Korea I look to the parallel with Cuba. Communism took them both back the stone age for their people but the Cubans had the USA next door to keep it sane. During the missile crisis of 62 the Russians finally understood how unhinged Fidel was and they pulled the plug on him, our actions were secondary. The North Korean have the Chinese as their god father, and South Korea was in shambles after their war
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 9:37 AM
You're right everywhere except the last sentence of the first paragraph. Germany and Japan had nuclear programs. (Japan's was less advanced, so its prospective doomsday weapons were mostly biological.) Those programs made winning quickly even more desirable than usual. The only Americans who aided nuclear proliferation were leftists such as the Rosenbergs. Khrushchev did finally understand that Castro is insane, and China is North Korea's puppeteer. But we acquired nuclear "toys" as a matter of survival. Although our behavior hasn't always been exemplary, we declined to press the advantage of being the only nuclear power on earth. That was an act comparable in nobility to Washington's refusing a crown, though it may yet lead to our undoing.

The old definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. The new definition, which applies only in the case of North Korea, is: doing something different and expecting a different result.

The North Koreans have been pursuing a nuclear arsenal for a couple of decades. We have tried negotiating; we've tried cutting off negotiations; we've tried threatening them; we've tried ignoring them, and we've tried whistling "Camptown Races" while standing on our heads. Nothing has made any visible difference. Come rain or come shine, they keep pursuing a nuclear arsenal.

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