Jul 4, 2006

North Korea launches missile

I don't mean to sound alarmist, but North Korea launched two missiles today that struck the Sea of Japan.

Are things hopeless at this point? From Slate's Fred Kaplan last week:
At the end of 2002, the North Koreans resumed production of plutonium (which they'd halted since signing an accord with Clinton in 1994). But they also announced that they were unilaterally extending the moratorium on missile testing.

In March 2005, they called off the moratorium. The Bush administration responded in its customary manner: It did nothing. Now, 15 months later, the North Koreans seem to be preparing a missile test, and President Bush is shocked, shocked.

"North Koreans have made agreements with us in the past, and we expect them to keep their agreements—for example agreements on test launches," Bush said last week in Vienna.

Well, no. The agreement on test launches that the North Koreans made "with us" expired when Bush canceled the missile talks during his first week in office. What the North Koreans are doing now is simply backing out of a unilateral moratorium—and one that they proclaimed they were backing out of more than a year ago. Bush had plenty of time to do something about it, but he didn't want to.

That aside, the prospect of a North Korean ICBM test is genuinely worrisome. Here is an unstable, secretive, monstrously dictatorial regime that has processed enough plutonium to build a half-dozen nuclear weapons. The world would become a scarier place if this regime possessed missiles that could fire these weapons at targets across the world, including the West Coast of the United States.
The Bush administration needs to take his blinders off and start dealing with North Korea --- stat --- before things get even more fucked up.


sevenpointman said...

Star Wars hoax !
Put your money in stocks in military contractors making defense shields for Japan and China.

Laurie said...

Just wait. Korea will hit the West Coast, and the Bush administration will claim that "no one could have foreseen" such an attack.

Mags said...

Exactly, Laurie. That's what I'm afraid of. I don't trust these fools in the White House!

qubit said...

I'm actually more worried about the Bushies actively trying to provoke North Korea into a nuclear attack. Or retaliation, as the case may be. It really depends on how much of their own Star Wars propaganda they believe.