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Friday, September 12, 2003

More on North Korea

Stephen Gowans continues to cover North Korea with the pen of a non-indoctrinated writer. See The End of North Korea and Washington's new approach to North Korea hardly new. If you only have time for one article, read the first one; the quote below is from the latter.
Before the overthrow of the Soviet Union, and China's slow march to capitalist restoration, regime change in North Korea was an unrealizable goal. North Korea, and its allies, were too strong.

But today, North Korea finds itself isolated, under siege, and desperately short of food and energy. With the right amount of political, economic, and military pressure, it could collapse.

And it's clear the United States is in the process of administering the coup de grace, and has been from the moment the Bush administration declared North Korea part of an axis of evil and announced policies of regime change and preventive war.

U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, John Bolton, has been Washington's point man on North Korea, along with Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly.

These days, Bolton is busy putting together an 11 country coalition to interdict North Korean shipping -- blatantly illegal, and an act of war, but part and parcel of the administration's plan for regime change in Pyongyang. [2]

The analysis I pointed to the other day ended with: "The mystery about it all is not so much what may happen, but rather what combination of ignorance, arrogance and willful stupidity on all sides has forced the situation to come to this." Gowans and the interview featured in the PBS documentary Wide Angle pointed to below, if viewed dispassionately, make it clear that it's the arrogance of the Bush Cabal that will likely bring back the WWII-like mass carnage they seem to thrive on.

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