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Why Not Invade North Korea?

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(North Korea…World’s Smallest National Utility Bill)

Agent KGB wonders why hasn’t Bush invaded North Korea if getting rid of W.M.D. armed oppressive dictators is his policy? It’s a good question, North Korea is about as oppressive as they get. And even worse, they have been engaging in what can only be described as saber rattling with their missile tests and nuclear threats. Why is Bush largely ignoring this axis-of-evil member, and going after Iran?

The first and most blindingly obvious reason is oil. Iran and Iraq have oil, lots of it. Iran especially could threaten other oil producing areas. Korea has no oil and there’s none to speak of in the vicinity. What, you thought Bush’s foreign policy was about making America safer? No, it’s first and foremost about making rich American’s bank accounts safer and fatter. And speaking of money, North Korea is in a position to rain a million artillery shells per hour on Seoul, one of the world’s great cities. That would have a definite economic downside the the west, certainly something to consider.

Secondly, North Korea is the last classic totalitarian communist regime. They make China or Cuba look like hotbeds of liberalism in comparison. However, communism is completely passe as the paranoia de jure. Even Bush’s core supporters would be able to tell that Kim II Jung is not a Muslim, it would be hard to sell the invasion of Korea as part of the war on Islamofascism. Not to mention that North Korea’s two neighbours, China and South Korea, probably wouldn’t be thrilled with the idea of a US war on North Korea.
Worst of all of course is that unlike Iraq or Afghanistan, North Korea is apparently well able to defend itself. They have a million man army, one of the world’s largest. And all indications are that they would fight ferociously. In 1996 a North Korean spy sub went aground and the crew of 26 swam ashore in South Korea. All but two were killed or killed themselves to avoid capture, and they killed 13 of their pursuers in the process. One actually escaped and made his way back to North Korea. Not the sort of fellows I’d pick a fight with. Especially if they have nuclear weapons.

Is any of the above true? Beats me. For all I know Bush picks the countries he is going to invade out of a hat. I think Bush should back off on confronting Korea and let the Koreans themselves deal with the issue. North Korea is safely contained, the idea that they would attack the USA is paranoid lunacy. Of course one can make a case that paranoid lunacy is the heart and soul of Bush’s foreign policy, so were not out of the war with North Korea woods yet.

(The above satellite image of North and South Korea at night is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, it is and historically important image, and it is central to the subject of the post.)

Written by unitedcats

September 2, 2006 at 6:28 pm

Posted in Bush, War, WMDs

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  1. I think Bush is trying to go in geographical order…. Follow the axis of evil! Demolish all evil-doers til u get to North Korea, or as I’m sure bush likes to refer to it, the evilest-doer! :P


    September 2, 2006 at 11:33 pm

  2. It’s not about the threat to the US; it’s about NK’s threat to HUMANITY.

    Millions dying there per annum; disease, starvation, all manner of depraved sub-animalistic goings on… cannibalism. Even the ‘mere’ relentless indoctrination of so many with a fascist, anti liberal / Western / democratic ideology is dangerous far beyond the need hypothesize about expunging it.

    Isn’t this the kind of thing the ‘world police’ are meant keep off of our planet’s streets?

    Oh. Yeah… my bad. North Korea DOES have WMDs but not oil / resources, so of course that grants them dispensation from being invaded. What was I thinking — d’oh! =P


    Mao's Dong

    June 29, 2011 at 6:40 am

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