Cynical Synapse

Sat, 30 May 2009

Axis of Evil Spinning Out of Control

Filed under: Behavior, North Korea, Politics, Rants, Rogue states — cynicalsynapse @ 10:56 am

Kim Jong-Il, North Korea’s dictator, has taken his country off the deep end. While we were enjoying beer and brats over the holiday weekend, the Communist regime successfully tested a nuclear bomb. Not satisfied with just that, North Korea launched two test missiles, one a surface-to-air and the other a surface-to-ship. So, in two days, North Korea demonstrated it was now a member of the nuclear club and that it had a delivery capability. With Iran’s nuclear huffing and puffing, North Korea’s actions underscore the axis of evil concept.

Naturally, there was world outrage and the UN Security Council condemned the tests. So, why did North Korea conduct the atomic explosion? How about proof of concept or negotiating position? Or maybe just just mocking Obama. The proof-of-concept ties into what is probably the larger concern, however. North Korea probably won’t use nukes on South Korea; China probably wouldn’t stand for that. But, North Korea could sell the technology, which is probably the bigger concern.

Since the tests, South Korea signed on to the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative. North Korea called it an act of war and said it’s no longer bound by the 1953 armistice. Kinda seems to prove the point, doesn’t it?

Although the level of commitment is less clear, the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council denounced North Korea’s actions. Big woopie do! No better than Secretary of State Clinton’s comment “there are consequences.”

Ever the spoiled brat, North Korea said sanctions would trigger “further self-defense measures”. There is discussion about the effectiveness of sanctions, considering average North Koreans are practically starving and living in abject poverty. The key is to employ effective sanctions; there are some.

There’s been much huffing and puffing on the situation, including claims North Korea’s test was inconclusive. There’s been no shortage of North Korean rhetoric and calls for tougher sanctions. At least it seems China and Russia are in agreement this time. It sure took them long enough to realize what a nutjob Kim Jong-Il is and how out of control Pyongyang is.



  1. Just an FYI- did you know you can “follow” the N. Korean govt on Twitter and get all their strange, paranoid updates? Here’s the link:

    It’s too bizarre and creepier still is after I added them to the folks I follow on twitter, they turned around and are following me.

    Comment by stacyx — Sat, 30 May 2009 @ 3:13 pm

    • That is bizarre, but I’m not surprised they’re following you. Funny thing is their own people probably don’t get to see their tweets.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Sat, 30 May 2009 @ 4:24 pm

  2. I read an article at that said that the overwhelming majority of people in N. Korea don’t have computers or the internet and thus, their twitter page is clearly for an international audience. The very, very small percentage of people who actually have enough money to have a car, a home and a computer, are usually tied in with the government in some way. N. Korea barely exists, but it does so in a time war circa 1940-1950. If it weren’t for China literally carrying them on their back economically, N. Korea would literally starve itself out of existence.

    And that is why China is so essential to any effort to get Kim Jong Il to cease his nuclear weapons program and stop playing ‘chicken’ with S. Korea and the US.

    Comment by stacyx — Sat, 30 May 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  3. Thank you for your interesting article. Learned a lot new to subscribe to your news. I would wait for new articles. Good luck.

    Comment by Psh — Sun, 31 May 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    • Thank you for your feedback. I try to give an interesting view of the news around us.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Sun, 31 May 2009 @ 5:21 pm

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