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October 17, 2002

Who’s Next? America seems to

Who’s Next?

America seems to be moving down the road towards another confrontation with Iraq. I feel like the benefits and costs of such a move has been debated to death and I am simply too tired to travel down that road any farther today. But what I am concerned about is the fact that our knowledge of other countries with nuclear capabilities is growing. Bush stated that we need to take care of, with military force if necessary, all countries that pose a threat to the security of the world. This, of course, is the drum he has been banging in order to gain support for his desire to attack Iraq. Then something strange occurs.

North Korea came forward this week and admitted that they have nuclear capabilities. Does this now mean that America is contemplating a war against that country as well? There are a couple of differences that have occurred to me today, as I spend endless amounts of time sitting in the airport. First, North Korea admitted they have the capability. It is not like Iraq where the weapons’ program is being hidden and moved around from place to place in tractor trailer trucks. They did not lead the world on and deny their weapons, they were honest and I’m sure that has to count for something.

In another bizarre twist, N. Korea this week returned a number of Japanese people who were kidnapped some 25 years ago. These kidnappings have been denied for several decades and now, all of a sudden, these people are returned, with an, “I’m sorry,” no less. No, I’m sorry doesn’t make up for 25 years, and it doesn’t make up for the loss that countless parents felt 25 years ago when their children were taken from them………..but at least it is something. I’m grateful those people were returned, and I hope that this is a step towards that country behaving in a way that is conducive with the rest of the free world, but the question that sticks out for me is “Why now?”

Was it done because they knew the U.S. was coming for a visit and this would lessen the impact of their admitting to having nuclear capabilities? I am thankful, but I am wary. I am doubtful that the leaders of that country have suddenly found a heart like the tin man.

Also, the concern I have is that I do not believe that the U.S. can afford to wage a war on that country seeing as we are already on the ground in Afghanistan and may soon be blowing stuff up in Iraq. Yes, we are the strongest nation on the planet, with the most capable, badass military in the world, but I am afraid that would spread us too thin, especially if we are going it alone. Since starting this blog I have heard that we are not planning to use military force to deal with this issue. By the way, when N. Korea admitted to having the bomb………France surrendered.

Posted by Woundwort at October 17, 2002 10:28 PM | TrackBack
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