Thursday, November 24, 2005

Pushing the nuclear envelope

An example. Nuclear weapons. Can you see how third world countries would see it as unfair that one country stockpiles nuclear arms and then attacks other countries on the suspicion that they may be trying to assemble one? And not all countries, just specific ones. Now if you are Iran or North Korea or any other country put on notice by Bush, what is your only protection against invasion? Make it appear that you may in fact already have nuclear weapons. That's the difference between Iraq and North Korea. North Korea gets a decade of conferences, and with Iraq there was no negotiation. Saddam could not have done anything to deter our invasion. I think he is as big of a bastard as everyone else, but our willingness to launch unilateral, preemptive wars based on supposition sets a dangerous precedent, and you can expect the rest of the world to react accordingly.

3 comments:

Cubicle said...

"Korea gets a decade of conferences, and with Iraq there was no negotiation. "

We (as in the UN) spent years talking with Iraq. 1991 right up until we invaided.

Though you do have a point with NK, now that they have nukes, you have to treat them differently.

Sandcastle said...

Yes and as Bush supporters conviently forget, the UN did not find any evidence of WMDs at the time of the invasion.

Cubicle said...

" Yes and as Bush supporters conviently forget, the UN did not find any evidence of WMDs at the time of the invasion."

I don't know about that. We have removed plenty of things that could have made WMD's from Iraq. But that is besides the point. The important issue is that the UN (and the world) belived Saddam had WMD's (which is probably one of the reasons we did not invade earlier.)