Twisted Thinking

I don’t know if you’ve heard about the UN’s resolution against North Korea, but it’s pretty much everything the U.S. asked for, plus some.  It’s your basic set of economic sanctions imposed against N.Korea until they can show that they’re willing to cooperate with the will of the rest of the world, but there’s just one problem,

They’re quite unwilling to cooperate.

In it’s response to the UN’s decision, the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, aka N.Korea)’s UN representative read off a three page response, at the end of which, he called any continuing economic sanctions against N. Korea an “declaration of war” by the U.S. and promptly walked out of the council.

This, I can assure you, is not good.

N. Korea has a history a not-so-logical train of thought.  Back in 1997, when the DPRK was in the grips of the worst famine in the country’s history, Kim Jong Il insisted that the world’s view on the matter was scewed, and that, in fact, N. Korea was not in a famine.  The (at most) 3 million people (roughly 10% of the total N. Korean population) were said to all have died from “natural causes”.

This points to some problematic trains of thought prevalent in the DPRK leadership.  An ability to scew one’s view in such a massive way as to totally discount the obvious truth to fit one’s self-seaking goals is something more along the lines of kindergarten behavior than world leaders (something our own President is guitly of), yet here we are today, with N. Korea taking economic sanctions as “declarations of war”.

This could get ugly, quick.


~ by Deuce on October 14, 2006.

4 Responses to “Twisted Thinking”

  1. I don’t think N.Korea will back down. I think they’ll go ahead with whatever plans for testing they currently have, and will probably formulate more plans to test more (if not bigger) nukes in the future, if only in clear defiance of the U.N.’s sanctions. In response, I think the U.N. will tighten sanctions and impose new, harsher ones.

    I don’t think the U.N. will cross the military action line until N.Korea does, but therein lies the problem. I really do think that if N.Korea could find a way to safely deliver a dirty bomb to S.Korea or China or Japan, then I do believe they’ll actually take that chance. They’ve called our bluff once with the initial testing, and sanctions are all they got, no matter how much they fussed about it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them test some more, just to see what’ll happen to them. If they see that the world is quite unwilling to go to war with them, they’ll continue on down this track, almost certainly.

    As always, thanks for the comments!

  2. I agree, they’re really the X factor in all of this. We can, to an extent, predict the reactions of the rest of the players in this (not-so-little) game, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what comes next. Will NK jump back into 6-Party talks, or remain stubborn? They’ve made it very clear that “continued pressure” will be taken as a declaration of war, and have stated they will defend themselves. So, the pressure is there, but from the UN, not just the United States. Will they back down? If not, will the UN take the step across the line of military action, something they truly seem to not want to do?

    I have a feeling it’s not going to go much in either direction. NK will suffer the sanctions and probably continue to do what they’re doing, albeit maybe a little less obviously, and even if they are obvious about it, the UN will probably verbally condemn them some more, maybe even tighten sanctions a bit, but will still not cross the military line.

    Thank you for the comment as well!


  3. Personally, I think the U.N. did the right thing, it’s the way N. Korea’s thinking about it that has me worried. I really don’t think any amount of action against the North will be received very well by the North. I guess there’s really no real easy way out of this for us. I do think, that at some point, there will be fighting over this in some form or fashion; how bad it gets and how many people bite the big one will be determined largely by North Korea’s stubborness and their willingness to abide by the world’s rules and wisdom.

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. What do you think would have been a more effective action for the Unites Nations to have taken?

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