Monday, October 09, 2006
North Korea as a nuclear power
If this doesn't scare you, you're probably Kim Jong Il. I'll not get into condemnations of administrations past and present for allowing this to happen, but the situation needs to be fixed. Quickly. Kim Jong Il is not a sane man. Think Col. Kurtz from Apocolypse Now, but with nukes and a million man army under his control.
Some analysts are busy downplaying the extent of North Korea's capabilities, but that's little comfort. Assuming the best case scenario, that the yield from the nuclear test was "only" 4 kilotons as some have said, and that North Korea's missile capabilites don't (yet) threaten the continental United States, the nuclear Rubicon has still been crossed. There's now little if anything to stop the "dear leader" from sharing his new toys with the rest of the world through various third parties.