Monday, October 09, 2006

North Korea tests nuke

But why is there no discussion of the root causes of nuclear proliferation? We won’t make any progress without understanding the legitimate grievances of this peaceful yet besieged nation. Certainly, we might not condone certain alleged infringements of human rights in the People’s Democratic Republic, but it’s telling to see how this one country is bullied and derided as a ‘rogue state’. Is it such a crime for a government to seek to retain its sovereign independence rather than become another Western lackey? Why is it so hard for us to accept that the people of North Korea have their own system of government, their own economic and social policies, and the understandable wish to defend themselves against US-UK aggression?

You know, I think Kim Jong-il’s missing a trick by not converting to Islam. He could get a much better press.

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