North Korea revisited
Posted by aogSaturday, 27 December 2003 at 13:29 TrackBack Ping URL

Over at Harry’s Place is a post about how the “peace” movement views the situation in North Korea. The summary is that nothing’s wrong and if there is it’s the fault of the West or President Bush.

However, there is a question about how the right wing of the blogosphere views the issue. While I’m not sure I’m “right wing”, I am a libertarian-conservative which is probably close enough.

As I’ve noted before, I’m somewhat hesitant to criticize current US policy toward North Korea because there are simply no attractive options (something Johan, the poster at Harry’s, has realized). There is going to be a massive and painful fallout from the fifty years the North Korean regime has been allowed to ruin the country while creating a massive and dangerous armed force.

There is also the standard question about why it was a good idea to invade Iraq but not North Korea. I’ve dealt with that on the grounds of

  • The USA has been providing more support for the North Korean regime than we did for Iraq, so we can get some leverage by cutting it off (which seems to be part of the current policy).
  • An invasion of North Korea will, unlike the nonsense claims about Iraq, generate hundreds of thousands of casualties and create a massive disruption of the world economy as Seoul and the industrial heartland of South Korea are flattened. As I’ve noted, I don’t support the invasion of Iraq for any single reason, but as the confluence of multiple issues in a single place. One of those is the cost of action, which was enormously lower than that.