October 11, 2006
It's interesting to see how our government reacts when a rogue nation tests our resolve. In recent months, Syria, Iran and North Korea have repeatedly scoffed at our might, warned us against intervening in their affairs, and vowed to destroy our country and our allies.
North Korea has, apparently, now taken it to the next level by detonating an underground nuclear bomb last weekend in the face of overwhelming international opposition. North Korea and Iran have found their way on the "No" list, meaning nuclear weapons are not allowed, as was the case with Iraq.
Curiously, Pakistan, India and Russia have joined the United States on the "Yes" list, which makes it an arbitrary compilation indeed. Are we to ascertain it's OK to have nuclear weapons in some cases, but not in others? Or is it the United States that draws up the lists and dares a country to cross the line?
The prevailing wisdom, of course, is some countries are "unstable" and their governments cannot be trusted with weapons of this magnitude.
North Korea, over the years, has been dissuaded from advancing its nuclear program through what amounts to bribery — billions in foreign aid, usually under the guise of "humanitarian" help.
Once it began to develop its program, the punishment was meted out swiftly — an economic boycott designed to place a stranglehold on needed food and medicine imports. So much for our "humanitarian efforts" in North Korea.
While we bully most of the world, North Korea has stood up to us and said, "Go ahead, try and stop us."
So where is the tough Cowboy who vowed to bring in bin Laden "dead or alive" and donned the garb of a fighter pilot for a photo op? Where is the tough talking Donald Rumsfeld, who so gleefully presided over the invasion of Iraq and the occupation of Afghanistan, a backwards country so poor that peasants can barely survive from week to week?
They're lobbying the United Nations, a powerless brood of diplomatic fops knee-deep in cronyism and so far removed from the real world that the diplomatic stickers on their cars mean more to them than the starving third world nations.
They will talk about North Korea, they will condemn North Korea, and North Korea will continue to do whatever it pleases. And the United States will lament the U.N. didn't do more and do little else.
Why? The United States is the world's bully, and like in real life, when someone stands eye-to-eye with the bully and says, "I dare you" the bully turns into a coward.
So we will walk away, tail between our legs, and then go and pummel a weakling — in this case the helpless country of Iraq — so the Cowboy can regain his swagger.