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Trouble in the Korean Peninsula, Nothing New

November 23, 2010

The news today of trouble in the Korean Peninsula is nothing new for those who follow international relations.  The Korean War may have pushed the communists out of South Korea, but that conflict certainly did not end tensions in the region.  As you probably know, today shots flew leading to deaths and many injuries in South Korea.  Immediately following, many countries started finger pointing and an emergency session of the UN was called.  But is that really enough?  Does anyone really expect any meaningful progress to come from this emergency UN session?  Historically, probably not.

How many times have the UN countries met to deal with the very issue of North Korean aggression as far as nuclear weapons and tensions with South Korea?  Usually as a result of these UN meetings we get strongly worded letters, speeches, and verbal scoldings, but we never get real world solutions like economic sanctions, ultimatums, or any real cooperation between the National Security Council members.  Its time to get serious and put some real pressure on North Korea.  Of course, that’s easier said then done.  Especially from a U.S. perspective.

One of North Korea’s few remaining friends in the world is China, who stated today that both N. and S. Korea need to work together for peace.  Kind of sounds nice, but lets be clear.  There’s one aggressor in this situation: N. Korea.  Being the one hold out for sanctions on North Korea, pressure needs to be put on China to get on board with the other countries on the Security Council.  But that creates a problem for the U.S.  Due to our continual deficit spending, China continues to buy more of our debt, making us continually indebted to them.  Therefore, how can we really put pressure on the country we are relying on to continue to buy our out-of-control spending?  Because of our reckless spending our hands are now tied when it comes to the primary roll of government, national security.

The fighting today in the Korean Peninsula is nothing new.  It is a bi-product of the failures of the UN system, and the unwillingness of many countries, now including the United States, to get tough and force the North Koreans to abandon nuclear weapons and work for peace.  If the U.S. wants to get back in the game and return to our place as a world super power in global security, we need to get our fiscal house in order.  I pray our leaders will make the hard choices to do so.

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