Good Tyrants Make Good Neighbors

Good Tyrants Make Good Neighbors
The government of China is making noises against Bush’s inclusion of North Korea in the “Axis of Evil.”

China isn’t afraid of US troops approaching the Yalu river again. China wouldn’t mind seeing the government in Pyongyang toppled — the Dear Leader is proving awfully dear to the Chinese treasury. And if the US did the toppling, the Chinese know we’d provide enough aid to keep millions of starving North Koreans from pouring across their border. What the Chinese dread is a democratic and prosperous Korea ruled in its entirety from Seoul. That would take away yet another excuse for the continued existence of their homegrown thugocracy, wouldn’t it?

So let’s all be sweet to the nice tyrants in Beijing.

Or — alternate Plan B here — not.