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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thanks North Korea?

Posted by JewishRefugee

The 21st century has experienced two nuclear device testing and both of these tests took place in North Korea. Recently, North Korea has tested a nuclear device and several short-range missiles that broke out the havoc around the world. The implications of this act of disobedience from North Korea can take our discussion in several different directions. But the title surprisingly “thanks” North Korea for its disobedience. One might rightfully ask who in the right mind would thank for such a provocative act.

Well, it is not a secret that North Korea, Iran, Syria, and other countries are pursuing the development of the weapons of mass destructions. On the other hand, we have countries like U.S., China, Russia, and other countries that are pursuing or supposedly pursuing non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction. So we have two camps that are opposing each other or supposedly opposing each other.

With that in mind, let’s throw in another factor into the equation; that would be Israel that is threatened by the members of the former camp (Iran and Syria). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently visited Washington where he was asked or pressured to delay or forget about the potential military strike on the Iranian nuclear facilities due to the diplomatic track that would take place between Tehran and Washington in order to resolve the standoff between Iran and Israel, U.S., U.N., E.U., Russia, and others. The only problem is that the time is running out before Iran will actually have a functional (deliverable) nuclear device and Israel whose very existence is threatened cannot afford for this to happen. Therefore, we have a dilemma when does Israel know that diplomatic track has lost its ground hence, the green light to strike Iran. I am one of those people who are called pessimists but I like to call myself realist, therefore I believe that the diplomacy has already failed even before it began. But the world that we live in is very complex, especially with the new administration in Washington that has made it even more complex. The president of the United States has asked or ordered the prime minister of Israel to halt potential military strike on Iran to give the diplomacy a chance. Israel does not want to say no but it understands that there are limits for goodwill; that is when goodwill contributes to suicide.

Netanyahu returns to Israel perplexed as to what to do and when? But comes May 25, 2009 and North Korea has increased the tensions to a whole different level. Thus, North Korea takes priority over Iran due to close proximity to the nuclear device.



How can a small country like North Korea draw so much attention? The answer is simple. NORTH KOREA IS A CASE STUDY IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER! A PRECEDENT!

With the new administration advocating non-proliferation and the fast track negotiations with the Russians regarding the renewal of Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty on one side and rogue states like North Korea and Iran blatantly challenging the order on the other side. There is a dilemma of its own. What should the new administration do? Well there are three tools of power that are: Diplomatic, Economic, and Military. In regards to North Korea and Iran Diplomatic and Economic tools were already used, but the new administration wants to try the diplomatic and economic tracks once again in hopes that it will be different. But as Benjamin Franklin once said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

The only aspect that is different now is that instead of Iran being the country that would be approached to cease its nuclear progress it would be North Korea. So Washington is going to have the chance to demonstrate how the diplomacy will work with North Korea before Iran. Let us remember that there are higher stakes in Asia-Pacific than in the Middle East. The second largest economy in the world Japan is at stake. South Korea another important country is at stake. So let me guess Washington will force South Korea to surrender territories and share its capital with North Korea? Or it would force South Korea to sponsor North Korea’s regime by sending them money, construction materials, food, and other supplies so North Korea does not fall into humanitarian crisis? In other words sponsor your own suicide. Why not that is what Israel is ordered to do if it’s wants United States to stop Iran.

That said, thanks North Korea for your swiftness. If the United States fails to stop North Korea that is significantly smaller in its territory, resources, and population than there should be no doubts left in Israel or around the world that Washington will not be able to stop Iran from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. In other words, diplomacy will fail and Iran will acquire its weapons because if North Korea is not stopped the Iranian leadership will draw conclusion that Iran is also eligible. Thus, Israel has green light to strike Iran; the last or the default tool that is called military.

The time is running out for the new administration to prove its capabilities.

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