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North Korea’s Fate and Its Role in Beijing’s Plan
It has been quite a surprise to yours truly that the Communist Chinese colony in Korea (otherwise known as “North Korea”) has been unable to move the scandal of milk products produced in China, and contaminated with the toxin melamine, off the front pages. Based on most recent reports, Beijing has clearly been pressing the colonials to up the ante.
According to the BBC, “I understand that North Korea is working to develop a small nuclear warhead which can be loaded into a missile,” Gen Kim Tae-Young was quoted by South Korean media as saying.
Gen Kim is the chairman of South Koreas Joint Chiefs of Staff—the countrys highest-ranking military officer.
Of course, the Korean viceroy (otherwise known as Kim Jong-il) has his own reasons to do this—namely the Bush Administrations surprising refusal to cave in to his demands to be taken of the American list of terrorist sponsors. Whenever Washington runs out of concessions (or chooses to stop giving them away), the colonial regime reaches into its usual bag of scare tactics.
Meanwhile, Pyongyang has also been busy keeping Beijings Middle Eastern friends happy. CBS News reports that Israeli delegate David Danieli told the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting that, “The Middle East remains on the receiving end of the DPRK’s [DPRK is the acronym for North Korea] reckless activities.
“At least half a dozen countries in the region … have become eager recipients” of the North’s black market supplies of conventional arms or nuclear technology, Danieli said, mostly “through black market and covert network channels.”
According to CBS, Danieli appeared to be referring in part to Iran and Syria, which are both under IAEA investigation.
The Iranian mullahcracy and its Syrian ally in particular have been Beijings closest comrades (unless one includes Pakistan in the Middle East), but arms shipments and other signs of direct support have become more difficult for Beijing to hide lately. Lucky for them, too many outside East Asia still pretend that “North Korea” is an independent regime.
This should help Beijing get through some more short-term public relations scrapes, but more importantly, it makes sure that some of Americas most dangerous enemies can still threaten her without any fingerprints from the Chinese Communist Party to raise suspicion.
Truth be told, North Korea may very well be the biggest success of the Hu Jintao era. The viceroy has managed to wean concession after concession from the United States and her allies, yet no one has even considered putting an end to this charade and calling Kim Jong-il on this nonsense, let alone point the finger at his oldest ally and largest benefactor.
What the Future Holds
What can we expect in 2009 and beyond? If the polls here in the U.S. are any indication, more of the same. Joshua Stanton, in his blog One Free Korea, has given this some serious thought, and I have to agree with him:
“So what will Obama do about North Korea? Pretty much what Bush did. He’ll react to North Korean provocations with empty tough talk. He’ll make occasional cryptic references to North Korea’s atrocities against its people at moments of convenience.
“After Obama wins, expect the North Koreans to declare themselves open to some kind of “new beginning” with America … if only we’d drop all of our sanctions and ease up on verification.
“We’ll agree, and this will start a whole new renegotiation of a deal that had already ceased to pretend to disarm. Come February, the Groundhog will see his shadow, and so will you.
“The most (South Korean President) Lee will do to oppose this is to work quietly through friends in Washington and allow a few carefully timed leaks to slip out. Obama may not be able to deliver significant economic benefits to the North because the North will need to keep up a state of hostility with the United States, thus giving Republicans reasons to oppose him.
“Also, all of the Republicans who kept quiet during Bush’s second term will suddenly realize that appeasement is a bad thing after all. They will then run against Obama’s “weakness”—the charge will happen to be accurate—to make gains in Congress in 2010, as is typical of mid-term elections.”
All the while, the CCP will continue to exploit their Korean colony as a tool against the free world and arms-provider of last resort to anti-American terrorists. No matter what happens to Kim and his minions, Beijings fairly certain it will win—and so is One Free Korea:
“None of this will matter in the end, because eventually, North Korea will collapse for its own reasons, largely because Lee Myung Bak and Kim Jong Il would both have to agree for there to be any kind of “soft landing” or reform, and neither of them does agree.
“When the collapse comes, America will be unprepared. The Chinese will estimate Obama as unwilling to confront them and will seize the opportunity to take control, through friendly generals, over an Outer Koguryo Autonomous Zone, which of course has ‘historically’ been a part of China.”
Here s a hint for the first item on the post-Korea list: its a decent-sized island south of Japan that starts with a “T.”
” D.J. McGuire is co-founder of the China e-Lobby and the author of “Dragon in the Dark: How and Why Communist China Helps Our Enemies in the War on Terror.”
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