Sunday, February 13, 2005

Will the Real China Please Stand Up?
from the mind of  Evan Kruse.

Our 'Dear Friend' Kim in the past week as stated something that we all know already... that he has a nuclear weapon. Does this surprise many of us? If it does surprise you, then you need to quit watching the 'Daily Show' as your news source. (it is NOT news...)

The fact that Kim acknowledges something that we already knew does not change things very much. If there is a chance that he might have a weapon, then we must assume he does. When he claims that he actually has one, something that he had been denying for years... can we take his word for it? Nope. We can just keep making the same assumptions that we have in the past based on intelligence and evidence. That's the only thing we can do.

But, China, on the other hand... they must step up and take some action. Even though they oftentimes treat Kim and Co. as an ugly stepchild... they are still China's baby. Much of the nuclear technology is there because of China... North Korea's continued existence can be much attributed to China. So now the burden is on China to bring this issue back to a diplomatic state. China must take a proactive role in bringing the leaders of North Korea back to the bargaining table and must take extreme measures to do so. China must threaten economic sanctions, trade barriers, and military blockades. Even more important, if they threaten something, it must have firm deadlines and the deadlines must be held. China must pull out all of the stops.

Will this happen? Probably not. What we will see, however, is where China truly stands. China is growing into an uncontrollable beast in many ways... we will get to see if yet another facet of the quasi-communist empire can play nice with the other great nations of this planet or if it will fall back to its Stalinist roots and continue to prop up the horrible regime of Kim Jong Il.

Let's hope it's not the latter.


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