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Friday, October 13, 2006

More war anyone?


It seems that the Bush administration has got its wish to a certain extent now that North Korea has proved its idiocy. The best of both worlds: on the one hand the strange dictator has shown part of his rather weak hand on two occasions, so that no citizens were endangered. However, enough has been demonstrated to unite even China with Japan and, God forbid, the USA. I mean, what is the world coming to. One Japanese diplomat joked on the eve of the Shinzo Abe (Japanese prime minister) deadlock-breaking visit to China that the nuclear show 'could not have been better timed'. Explosive humour, methinks.

This issue will be initially targeted by diplomacy, if of the rather stern stuff. The Euro 3 having failed in Iran's case, the onus is on the big powers of Asia and America to make some headway into this impasse before things get a little more serious. The non-permanent members of the Security Council have said that if this case is not deserving of chapter 7 sanctions, then they don't quite know what is. In this case if one is not able to take a moment and reassess nuclear policy, one does not quite know what it will take. The world now has the major nations with capability, other nations pushing for it and the rest concerned about which side to align with.

One must never understimate what a big (in his view at least) boy will do with his toys. It is funny how simply reading some print marks on a piece of paper can bring such humourous quotes and ridiculous scenarios. For the sake of the world, let us hope it simply stays that way.

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