EDITORIAL: North Korea

(01/04/2003)

EDITORIAL: North Korea Diplomacy vs. War

THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE

Saturday January 4, 2003

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One nation has allowed U.N. inspectors in to examine its weapons programs. Another expelled U.N. inspectors.

The Bush administration wants war with the first, and diplomacy with the second.

One nation does not have atomic weapons, nor is there any credible evidence that it is near achieving that goal. The other nation admits it has constructed atomic bombs, and is ramping up a nuclear reactor to create material to make more.

The Bush administration wants war with the first, and diplomacy with the second.

One nation is ruled by a cruel dictator, and has a long record of human rights abuses. So does the other.

The Bush administration wants war with the first, and diplomacy with the second.

One nation has large oil reserves. The other does not.

Coincidence?

The clear and undeniable parallels between Iraq and North Korea lay bare the hypocrisy and irrational nature of President Bush’s insistence on war with Iraq. There is no real difference between the threat posed by the two nations. But the difference in White House approaches could not be more stark.

Does it come down to oil, or is President Bush like a schoolyard bully, eager to pick on those he can easily beat, but not so willing to take on tougher challengers? Attacking North Korea would be a more dangerous and costly exercise than an invasion of Iraq.

Bush’s foreign policy has often been called incoherent. It is, without doubt, inconsistent. The reason for that inconsistency may well be the much-discussed hidden motive of oil. Installing Washington-picked rulers in Baghdad would guarantee that Iraq’s rich petroleum fields would become open to America’s “Big Oil” industry, to which the president and vice president are allied.

While the White House keeps mobilizing more U.S. forces for an attack, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday there’s no need for an invasion, as long as Iraq continues letting inspectors search for weapons.

Sadly, Americans can trust the U.N. leader more than their own president.


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