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Monday, May 25, 2009


The sky is falling! North Korea tested a nuclear weapon!

The U.S. and Israel develop weapons and use them to attack other countries (and, in the case of the latter, helpless people in occupied territories as well). From the U.N., nothing. North Korea, which hasn't been involved in a war with another country in 50 years, tests weapons it might use to defend itself, and it's immediately condemned by the U.N. Security Council, for violating another Security Council resolution they had no right to pass in the first place. The U.S. says the test was "a threat to regional and international peace and security" when in fact the opposite is true - a stronger North Korea makes war less likely.

Now the talking heads are all shouting about what to do. Here's a radical and simple idea - how about signing a peace treaty to end the Korean War, and, while we're at it, throw in a treaty guaranteeing that the U.S. will never attack North Korea unless North Korea first attacks another country. The politicians will say the U.S. shouldn't do something like that without getting concessions from North Korea. Why? Why shouldn't the U.S. be willing to sign such a treaty (for what it's worth anyway, given the U.S. record) on first principles, without any "concessions" required?

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