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July 12, 2010
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The discrepancies when democracies and communist dictatorships go wrong:

IDF to blame navy in scathing report on Gaza flotilla raid

UN Condemns South Korea Ship Sinking, Avoids Blaming North Korea

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  1. Juramentado permalink
    July 13, 2010 2:18 pm

    If US forces were not so committed elsewhere, I think the condemnation of North Korea would be a lot more strident ! Unfortunately with major population centers of the south so close to the border / DMZ, if you do tip the lunatics in charge over the edge, it could cause massive damage / causalities before the “good guys” eventually win……

    Even if there wasn’t a protracted quagmire in SouthWest Asia, we as a nation would still have to deal with the Coalition Politics that govern the Pac-Rim. Actually, coalition politics exist in almost every potential and active hotspot that the US has presence in today. The days of unilateral and overt action are over. A unilateral or even bilateral decision to condemn North Korea not only affects the accusers, but also China, Taiwan and Japan. Two out of those three nations would stand with the US if it was a brazen act of war, but a sneaky sabotage that has pretty good evidence but no obvious admission of guilt is a different story. If NK does have an operational and even reasonably accurate Ballistic Missile capability, Japan would be very nervous and rightfully so. Chances are good that the NK regime would lash out at any coalition partner in the region as a punitive response. At least Japan has a BMD capability – but what about poor Taiwan? They’re still working on PAC-3 upgrades. And what to do about the 600 LB Gorilla in the Room – China? Do you really believe they’ll just sit back and allow us to take direct condemnation against Pyongyang and sit by idly? Smart money says no.

  2. Joe permalink
    July 13, 2010 11:24 am

    Jed,

    Given what we’ve heard & what we know about KJI and his oppression of his own people, it’d not be hard to imagine him standing on some balcony, channeling Marie-Antoinette and saying “let them eat cake” when told the emaciated people on the street below lack even daily basics like bread.

    I agree with your sentiment about the misbegotten involvement in Iraq. As many have said before me, whether something can be done isn’t always a measure of whether it should be done. A U.S. military that never knew a 2000’s war in Iraq *might* have resulted in different (better??) present-day diplomatic situations having been achieved with Iran and North Korea.

    Or perhaps not. When dealing with jack wagons of the nature that run those countries, alternative history outcomes are hard to predict.

    I had to give props to R. Lee Ermey there, sorry about that :)

  3. Jed permalink
    July 13, 2010 9:26 am

    Joe – I have to say I am with you on that one !

    Also, however bad the Palestinians have it (and I am quite sympathetic to their plight), evidence suggests the average North Korean citizen has a pretty poor life, suppressed by his own government :-(

    Whats worse really is the pussy footing around North Korea because Bush Jnr decided Afghanistan was not enough, and that he should go finish what his dad started. If US forces were not so committed elsewhere, I think the condemnation of North Korea would be a lot more strident ! Unfortunately with major population centers of the south so close to the border / DMZ, if you do tip the lunatics in charge over the edge, it could cause massive damage / causalities before the “good guys” eventually win……

  4. Joe permalink
    July 13, 2010 12:32 am

    I don’t know. If I had individuals like the late Wafa Idris, a 28 yr old divorced paramedic who destroyed herself in order to kill an 81 yr old Jewish man plus injure over 100 others, worshipped as a martyr…

    and terrorist organizations like Hamas stating that We will not rest until we destroy the Zionist entity.

    and the leader of the nation of Iran making several statements that basically rhyme with this one: …God willing, in the near future we will witness the destruction of the corrupt {Israeli} regime.

    I’d tend to think that the issue has grown beyond what a GPS-assisted & abided by survey of pre-1967 borders might be able to accomplish.

  5. Jacob permalink
    July 12, 2010 7:14 pm

    True there’s a discrepancy in the way the media (and the public) treats Israel and North Korea, but can you say this is unwarranted? A democratic country like Israel ought to behave like other democracies, which includes respecting the borders of its neighbors. Yet it has major political factions dedicated to expanding the West Bank settlements, an act that amounts to annexation of land. When this annexation leads to violence and terrorism, the major instigator of the conflict gets off scot-free in people’s eyes because they were victims of the Holocaust several generations ago and because they share the same name as an ancient Biblical kingdom.

    When North Korea causes mischief, we get angry, we condemn them, we might even threaten them with war….but at least we know we can handle them. Israel on the other hand gets more attention because it is causing mischief and getting away with it.

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