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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Quote of the Day: Hillary Clinton vs. North Korea

In response to Hillary Clinton's arrogant and condescending remarks about North Korea ("And maybe it's the mother in me or the experience that I've had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention -- don't give it to them, they don't deserve it, they are acting out."), North Korean officials had this to say:
"We cannot but regard Mrs. Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric, unaware of the elementary etiquette in the international community. Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping."
We'll see your breach of elementary etiquette and raise you one!

On a serious note, as I've written before, the notion that North Korea tests missiles "to get attention" is the standard Western description. The notion that they might be doing it to actually test their missiles and prepare to defend their country from an always-possible U.S. attack seems never to cross the minds of the "statesmen" and "pundits" who make their "learned" observations.

It shouldn't escape anyone's attention that the U.S. still refuses to sign a peace treaty with North Korea, and that Clinton says that "a permanent peace regime" is only possible if North Korea agrees to "full and verifiable denuclearization." I wonder what she'd think if other countries would only sign peace treaties with the U.S. if the U.S. agreed to "full and verifiable denuclearization"? Oh sorry, I forgot about American exceptionalism.

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