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North Korea’s Real Best Friend (Hint: It’s Not Dennis Rodman)

March 13th, 2013 - 12:43 am

Basketball eccentric Dennis Rodman is reportedly planning an August idyll with North Korea’s young tyrant, Kim Jong Un — a replay of his February excursion to Pyongyang, from which Rodman returned to report that his new best friend, Kim, does not want war. He just wants a phone call from the president of the United States.

Farcical? Yes. Except Rodman’s infatuation with the heir to North Korea’s totalitarian system has wound its way into the debates over what’s really going on in North Korea. This kind of thing fuels the apparently bottomless impulse in some quarters to believe that with a bit of outreach and coddling, the Pyongyang regime might just be persuaded to scrap its weapons programs, water down its personality cult, and behave like the kind of better-mannered dictatorship the U.S. doesn’t mind seeing overthrown. By these lights, the new tyrant of Pyongyang is merely a basketball-loving newlywed, a misunderstood fellow who likes Mickey Mouse and sports, and just needs a helping hand from the leaders of the free world to come in from the cold. If, in the meantime — so this argument tends to run — Kim’s regime is testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, declaring an end to the 1953 Armistice, threatening nuclear strikes on the U.S. and South Korea, and promising a rain of bullets and sea of fire… well, what else is a lonely, misunderstood young dictator to do?

Were Kim Jong Un just some oddball down the block, lost in some virtual-reality cosmos of apocalyptic digital games, there might be some merit to sending in Dennis Rodman or, if need be, Mickey Mouse, to talk him down. But Kim presides as hereditary cult figure over the seasoned elite of a regime which has sustained itself through monstrous brutality at home, and an astounding set of rackets abroad, including not only state peddling of narcotics and counterfeit U.S. currency, but also the proliferation of missiles (to clients such as Iran, Syria, and Pakistan) and nuclear technology (remember that clandestine copy in Syria of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor?). The totalitarian system is real, the prison camps are real, the weapons are real. Also real is North Korea’s remarkable expertise at nuclear extortion, by which I mean its long record of shaking down the West, repeatedly, through a mix of threats and come-hither nuclear-freeze deals — on which Pyongyang has invariably cheated.

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China is the enemy here. Too many rich people in USA have invested big money in China and they are only interested in protecting the "INVESTMENT"
If China can get Iran on their side this will be the end of Israel. This should be a good enough reason to unite the three Abraham faiths but so far rich man's investment in Atheist Communist Capitalist red China is in driver's seat.
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Anyone who thinks North Korea is being run by an chubby, spoiled adolescent child in a bad suit with no political or military experience is dillusional. He is only a fugurehead. The country is being run by the military, just as it has been since the armistice was signed. A military which is clearly propped up by China, it's main enabler. China uses North Korea as it's sourgate in it's clandestine war with the United States.
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One day of being cold and hungry with the fear of another beating would help Mr Rodman know his buddy. It's called knowledge, Dennis. See if Carmen Electra knows somebody who knows somebody who's holding some.
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North Korea and Iran are united by their hatred of Israel. North Korea sent both planes and pilots to fight Israel in 1973.
http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/NorthKorea.html
It makes no sense for North Korea to oppose Israel. But then, it makes no sense for Iran to do so either. Iran's mullahs don't like Arabs. They hate Sunnis. If they had any brains, they would be pro-Israel, as would North Korea. But blind faith--whether in Islam or in Marxism--always supersedes brains.
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Iran and North Korea have long been partners in nuclear and missile technology development. North Korea seems to have been doing a better job in both. As has been the case with Iran, sanctions intended to prevent a rogue state from becoming a nuclear power have not had that effect. In Iran, they seem to have disrupted just about everything but uranium enrichment and technological improvement. Meanwhile, North Korea is very likely to be a happy supplier of all of Iran's needs for enriched uranium and the technology to use it, whether or not Iran ceases its own enrichment.

Although China showed an unhappy face toward North Korea in response to its most recent nuke test, and joined everyone else on the U.N. Security Council in voting for enhanced sanctions, it did so only after helping to water them down and presenting continued negotiations as the only viable solution. China is being reasonable but deceptive because it has no desire to have to care for lots of starving North Koreans. The problems are relatively clear. http://danmillerinpanama.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/china-iran-and-north-korea-a-radioactive-stew/ The solutions are not.
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