is that you never know what crazy will do.
Thus begins another round of North Korea going “Look at what WE did!!! Hooray Korea!!!” and the requisite follow up of “Booo Korea!!! You’re bad people, and we condemn you!!!” coming from the United Nations and other diplomatic communities.
“Our revolutionary armed forces … will regard” South Korea’s participation “in the PSI as a declaration of war …” the North’s official news agency said.
Pyongyang also announced it was no longer bound by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.
Of course, this is usually followed by the requisite “Decrawation of wahhh!!” by the Exalted Leader, and we all nod our heads and go about our business, after throwing a few more sanctions at them, of course.
It’s the proper thing to do.
The problem is, they don’t work. They didn’t work with Saddam, they won’t work with Kim Jong Il.
Why? Because the only way sanctions work is if the leader of the country actually gives a crap about his people. You make it hard for things that people need to get into the country, the
emperor leader will be the only one who gets them. Exhibit A –
Of course, there’s the hope that the people will rise up against the tyrant, but when the only people who are getting food are the soldiers working for the dictator, there’s little incentive to rebel.
So, we’ll continue our worldwide denouncements. The issue becomes when the Exalted One decides he’s had enough. That’s why a nuclear Saddam was scary. Not discounting the threat of nuclear weaponry being sold to people who REALLY shouldn’t have it, but it doesn’t take an army to fire a nuclear missile. The North Korean Army could be full of holes, underfed and with no servicable weapons, who knows. All it takes is for Kim Jong Il to wake up in one of his moods, get twitchy, and all hell breaks loose.
All because he couldn’t get a new iPod or something silly.
That’s why everyone is walking on egg shells with this situation.
The crazy guy on the corner asking for change is one thing. When the crazy guy has a gun it’s a whole new ball of wax.