Thursday, July 06, 2006

First they fire the missiles, and now North Korea mocks international criticism.

North Korea doesn't care that nobody appreciates the threat they pose. In fact, they are threatening to fire off more rockets.

In the face of nearly unanimous world condemnation of the seven missile tests on Wednesday, North Korea released a blustery statement declaring that it had the right to develop and test its weapons, and vowed unspecified retaliation against anyone who tries to stop it.

This is proof that all of the talking that liberals and new agers preach doesn't do a thing. We've been talking all nicety to the North Koreans since during Clinton's years, and North Korea's response is to become nuclear capable and to test a missile that could reach the U.S. west-coast mainland.

For 13 years we have talked, and for 13 years the North Korean dictatorship has lied and hunkered down and continued to build nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The strategy of talking has failed.

Liberals and activists want us to talk to the Islam Radicals, to Iran and Iraq, to the Chinese, and to North Korea. You can't reason with the unreasonable, and we can't afford failure regarding North Korea anymore.

Though we have a missile defense system, it is not proven technology just yet, so we cannot afford to wait and attempt to shoot the next missile down after it is launched. America's actions must be decisive. We are faced with a brutal, totalitarian dictatorship acting in defiance of all of its international commitments. Talking time is over. Either they dismantle their missiles, or we must dismantle them ourselves.

North Korea could take out a west coast city to impress us with how serious they are. Imagine the political fallout. Imagine how they would try to explain away that they allowed such a thing because Washington was trying to be prudent and cautious.

Saving American lives and American cities is less risky than waiting for North Korea to launch a missile at us. I don't care how we do it, but we must take action and ensure that there are no more launches. It is a painful fact, and it is one that Washington must act upon.

Pyongyang is an international outlaw and needs to be treated as such. Otherwise, if allowed to pursue his nuclear ambitions, he will be a nuclear model for other dangerous nations.

There must be serious and effective economic sanctions applied to North Korea. And we have to use our Navy, deploying our fleet within range of any missile that may be fired. We must arm the strategic missile defense visibly. We must make it clear to North Korea that we will destroy any missile deployed by them, and we will destroy it over their territory. We must convince them that we will not tolerate anymore breaches in anymore of their international agreements. Strong resolve and iron will is the strongest deterrent. Peace through strength. . . not a bunch of talking.

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