North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a plenary meeting of the Central… (KCNA / EPA )
Re "Kim is making the U.S. nervous," March 30
At the end of World War I, the Allies so crippled Germany that widespread unemployment and economic dislocation led to the rise of the Nazi regime. We have spent years employing similar tactics in North Korea.
We supply food that doesn't get to the hungry yet so isolate North Korea that one of its biggest sources of currency is its sale of weapons and military technology, the very things we are trying to contain.
This isn't a call for appeasement, and North Korea has a history of not living up to its commitments. But it hasn't done any good trying to sanction this nation into submission.
It probably doesn't make any difference whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is serious about attacking South Korea and the U.S. But this should be a teachable moment as to why Iran must be prevented from acquiring anything near the capability to produce nuclear weapons.
The same dynamics could manifest themselves in Persia: a regime with its finger on the nuclear trigger that doesn't know much about how the world works, leading an isolated nation and playing up threats that are meant for domestic consumption.
Kim's warnings probably don't indicate an imminent war, but we must remember that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We must turn North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons and Kim's threats into a useful strategy in our efforts to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.
Why is the U.S. so nervous about Kim? Let him rant and rave so that the world knows he's a fool. We have the technology to wipe him off the face of the Earth, and if we converse with him because of his threats, it just makes us look like milquetoasts.
Stuart D. Schnell
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