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Is it Time to Consider Killing Crazy Kim?
Yale Daily News ^ | October 13, 2006 | Austen Kassinger

Posted on 10/14/2006 1:28:55 PM PDT by Arec Barrwin

Published: Friday, October 13, 2006 Is it time to consider killing crazy Kim?

By Austen Kassinger

Since when did assassination of foreign leaders get taken off the table?

After years of killing off third-world leaders that threatened American interests, international norms have shifted, Today, the idea of exploding cigars is considered quaint, if not outright passe. But with Pyongyang's announcement late Monday night of a nuclear arms test, perhaps it's time to reconsider.

The notion that someone ought to just put a bullet through Kim Jong Il's head tends to elicit disapproving frowns. Apparently, it's too crass a tactic, a faux pas on the international stage. But if he himself is so rude as to threaten the lives of millions with the touch of a button, the etiquette of the game has changed.

History would tell us that the idea of forgoing self-preservation in order to "play nice" is a relatively modern one: Julius Caesar was one in a long line of men murdered for reasons far less grave than, say, destruction of the planet. While modern sensibilities have, fortunately, bred in us a healthy respect for free and fair elections and the rights of men to determine their destinies, Kim Jong Il disregards these principles at will.

North Korea isn't Iraq, where the evidence of WMDs was imprecise at the time and just plain wrong in retrospect, and it isn't Iran, where foreigners engineered a coup in Iran in 1953 in a blatant attempt to protect oil interests. Does the phrase "a nuke went off while you were sleeping" not ring any alarm bells, even in the padded hallways of the United Nations? Forget the failures and mistakes of the past, from exploding cigars to shock and awe, and recognize that we are trying to stare down a mentally deranged murderer. Anything we do in reprisal is liable to set Kim Jong Il - and his nukes - off.

At this point, even the conciliatory South Koreans are on edge: After a decade of sunshine, the weather may be changing to cloudy with a chance of nuclear fallout. Under the leadership of Kim and his father, Kim Sung, North Korea has wallowed in abject failure. When contrasted with the economic advancement of its neighbor, and all of Asia, the decimation of the North Korean economy is especially painful; North Korea essentially subsists on foreign donations and the outsourcing of nuclear weaponry to other dangerous regimes (Iran). This is a regime that has decided that mass starvation is an acceptable cost of obtaining nuclear weaponry, a regime whose lack of concern for its people is so extreme that for a time it actually terminated the U.N. World Food Program. Would anyone suffer more if Kim Jong Il were to kick the bucket?

That the current regime is bizarre and unpredictable is impossible to deny: We're talking about an administration that, in a move right from Roald Dahl's children's tale "The Twits," whittled down the legs of the Americans' chairs each night after talks because the American height advantage shook their self-esteem. No, we don't know who will replace Kim, and perhaps his successor would be just as hellbent on joining the nuclear club. However, Kim's lunacy and possession of WMDs have made him more dangerous than other belligerent despots. Iran has at least nominally agreed to take a seat at the bargaining table, and Saddam Hussein, as we have since discovered, did not have the capabilities we attributed to him.

Although the veracity of North Korea's claims is in doubt, Pyongyang's departure from the typical nuclear pathway of hedging and denial to one of overt zeal for firing weapons is horrifying. The foreign ministry declared yesterday that "if the U.S. keeps pestering us and increases the pressure, we will regard it as a declaration of war and will take a series of physical corresponding measures" - and this only in response to the threat of sanctions. If such a minor punishment could lead to nuclear war, are we supposed to do nothing at all?

I am not suggesting that we shoot Kim tomorrow; rather, that the idea of assassination ought not to be summarily dismissed. Perhaps even Miss Manners could be convinced that when your crazy neighbor actively threatens your life, it is not the time to bring brownies to his door or start a petition to give him the cold shoulder. It's time to run him out of town.

Austen Kassinger is a freshman in Davenport College.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assasinate; assasination; hansbrix; kim; kimjongil; nk; northkorea; nuke; ronery

1 posted on 10/14/2006 1:28:57 PM PDT by Arec Barrwin
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To: Arec Barrwin

WAYYYYYY past time.


2 posted on 10/14/2006 1:29:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Arec Barrwin

I think 1993 was a good time to start thinking about it.


3 posted on 10/14/2006 1:40:58 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: cripplecreek
Is it Time to Consider Killing Crazy Kim?

YES!!!!

4 posted on 10/14/2006 1:45:16 PM PDT by YdontUleaveLibs (Reason is out to lunch. How may I help you?)
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To: Arec Barrwin

He's a mad dog who will sell weapons to our enemies. A sniper shot is well justified..


5 posted on 10/14/2006 1:45:51 PM PDT by vietvet67
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To: Arec Barrwin

National leaders are always against killing other national leaders, because they don't want to become targets themselves. They'd rather send millions of kids to be killed in wars. In Kim's case, I'd think the whole world would be glad to make an exception.


6 posted on 10/14/2006 1:55:18 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Arec Barrwin

should of done it when mad albright was doing her little dance over there


7 posted on 10/14/2006 1:56:02 PM PDT by ustanker (kennedy is a moron)
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To: Arec Barrwin

I think it should be left to the Chinese.


8 posted on 10/14/2006 1:57:13 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Liberalism in a parasite that ALWAYS kills its host.)
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To: Arec Barrwin

It was time the day after his crazy daddy died.


9 posted on 10/14/2006 1:58:12 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Arec Barrwin

A nuke would be a good message to certain nations in the world right now.

World: "We hate to use these nucular bombs, yes we really do. But there are times and situations, such as this one, that require the complete desolation of major cities. We really, really, really, didn't like having to do it."


10 posted on 10/14/2006 2:00:21 PM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: Arec Barrwin

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


11 posted on 10/14/2006 2:00:22 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Cowboy Bob

Probably the only ones who could pull it off, don't see how U.S. could get close enough.


12 posted on 10/14/2006 2:02:08 PM PDT by caresistance
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To: Arec Barrwin

Wait just a minute. Did Pat Robertson write this article?


13 posted on 10/14/2006 2:02:16 PM PDT by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: caresistance
Probably the only ones who could pull it off, don't see how U.S. could get close enough.

China can call him to Beijing for "consultations," and Kim can suffer a "heart attack" on the way. I don't think the world would mind.

14 posted on 10/14/2006 2:17:24 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Liberalism in a parasite that ALWAYS kills its host.)
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To: Arec Barrwin

Only thing I would disagree with is "I am not suggesting that we shoot Kim tomorrow..."


15 posted on 10/14/2006 2:30:03 PM PDT by omega4412 (Multiculturalism kills. 9/11, Beslan, Madrid, London)
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To: Arec Barrwin

You don't have to assassinate Kim, just put him on the same diet he keeps the population of North Korea on and in a short amount of time he'll starve to death like millions of his countrymen have !!!


16 posted on 10/14/2006 2:30:47 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: Cowboy Bob
Works for me!! Although, I think the Chinese like seeing U.S. preoccupied with global events, allows them to roll us on trade relations. That would explain them opposing U.S. sanctions at the U.N. yesterday.
17 posted on 10/14/2006 2:31:25 PM PDT by caresistance
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To: Cowboy Bob
South Korea is still technically at war with North Korea. It would not be against the laws of warfare if a R.O.K. soldier put Lil' Kim in the cross-hairs.
18 posted on 10/14/2006 2:31:45 PM PDT by Mojave Mark (The Democrats... gravitas free since '63)
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To: Arec Barrwin

Easier said than done.


20 posted on 10/14/2006 2:33:13 PM PDT by Zeroisanumber (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Mojave Mark

I would break the ceasefire. Is it worth it for such a small, meaningless act? As a practical thing, who knows what despot would replace this despot? Could be worse.


21 posted on 10/14/2006 2:35:49 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Arec Barrwin

I do think this is the correct thing even though it is satire.


Bush Mulls Bombing N. Korea ‘Back to the Food Age’
by Scott Ott

(2006-10-10) — Even as President George Bush insisted that the U.S. would continue to pursue diplomacy in the North Korean nuclear crisis, he added today that every option is still on the table, including the possibility of “bombing them back to the food age.”

“It breaks my compassionate conservative heart that Kim Jong-Il’s people are starving while he’s blowing millions of dollars on weapons of mass destruction,” said Mr. Bush. “If it weren’t for U.S. and United Nations food aid, he’d have a massive famine on his hands.”

The president suggested that a carefully executed bombing campaign, or a Special Ops military unit, could return the country to “the food age” — a time when the Korean people could feed themselves without assistance.

“Sometimes,” the president said, “it takes guns to make butter.”


22 posted on 10/14/2006 2:37:23 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Arec Barrwin
>Is it Time to Consider Killing Crazy Kim?

Taking action is
what Muslims do. The West will
arrest and try him . . .

23 posted on 10/14/2006 2:41:15 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Arec Barrwin
After years of killing off third-world leaders that threatened American interests,

As a point of information when did we ever do this? I know about Castro's exploding cigars but aside from that when have we ever gone around killing off third world leaders? (Or even first world leaders)

24 posted on 10/14/2006 2:45:39 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (De inimico non loquaris sed cogites)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Easier said than done. Kim, like Saddam, uses body doubles, keeps an irregular schedule, and surrounds himself with heavily-armed bodyguards.

Assassination of foreign leaders is at best unreliable policy. One is never certain how much of the difficulty lies with the leader and how much he or she is merely a front man for the real problem. Iran's Ahmadinejad is a perfect example of this. Nor are results always predictable - the South Vietnamese government never really did recover from Diem's assassination.

While it does not surprise me that a freshman at university is under the impression that the U.S. has slaughtered inconvenient Latin American leaders wholesale it isn't actually the case. People have been repeating that Salvador Allende was so assassinated for so long now that serious historians are about the only people to believe otherwise, on campus at least. The trouble taken to capture Manuel Noriega where a simple bullet would have done the job seems to me to indicate quite the reverse. Danny Ortega is still drawing breath, as is Hugo Chavez. The U.S. is much more often (and accurately) accused of supporting, or at least not opposing, a number of two-bit tyrants because they're "our son-of-a-bitch." As usual, the accusers on the left want it both ways.

I don't think it's likely to happen with Kim any more than it did with Muqtada al-Sadr, another fellow whose appearance might, IMHO, be improved by a .45 caliber hole between the eyes. It would be nice if problems were that easily solved, but they usually aren't.

25 posted on 10/14/2006 3:04:00 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Arec Barrwin

I will bet anyone here, the best hamburger that Burger King sells, that if Kim detonates another nuclear weapon, some Chinese sniper will drill Kim a new anus in the middle of his forehead. Not only will there be a regieme change in North Korea, I predict a sudden termination of the bloodline of Kim...

I realize a lot of people here don't have much faith in the UN, and neither do I, but today's Security Council resolution was a very big deal for the Chinese. North Korea would do themselves very well to quietly back down, because the Chinese are really not in a charitable mood for their little yellow brothers...


26 posted on 10/14/2006 3:12:36 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Kim?, Cowboy Bob wrote:
I think it should be left to the Chinese.

Well, I agree, but how do you get him to stand in front of a tank in Tienneman square?


27 posted on 10/14/2006 3:54:56 PM PDT by munin (The war on muslim terror=world war 3 time to let's roll)
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To: Arec Barrwin

According to Francois Rabelais, among the Latin books studied by Pantagruel was one titled "Concerning the things that ought to be passed over in silence". I'd say that the discussion of this subject was surely belonging there, in the footnotes. "Pity that he endures".


28 posted on 10/14/2006 4:08:47 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: Arec Barrwin

The history of assassination is that it is mostly tried by someone close to the person on which the attempt is made. Maybe that's the way to go.

But we should definitely try to knock off Kim Jong "Jabba The Hut" Il.

I'd say hire a Jewish hit squad.


29 posted on 10/14/2006 4:30:22 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Arec Barrwin

I can't believe I agree with something written in the Yale News Daily.


30 posted on 10/14/2006 4:31:30 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (To those who believe the world was safer with Saddam, get treatment for that!)
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To: Arec Barrwin

At least he would't be ronery anymore.


31 posted on 10/14/2006 4:51:05 PM PDT by omega4179 (Foley+IM+17=forced to resign Studds+alcohol+gay rape+17=5 more terms (D) MA)
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To: Obie Wan

32 posted on 10/14/2006 4:53:24 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: ErnBatavia

Great graphic.NK looks absolutely barren in comparrison to the south.


33 posted on 10/14/2006 5:10:14 PM PDT by Thombo2
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To: Arec Barrwin

Way ahead of this guy I considered it years ago. I am already considering Irans president.


34 posted on 10/14/2006 5:11:55 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Arec Barrwin

Contrast this clear thinking freshman to the loons at Columbia University that wouldn't allow the Minutemen to speak and violently rushed the stage.


35 posted on 10/14/2006 6:27:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Second to none!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I thought the same thing. Other than that, I thought it was an excellent piece.


36 posted on 10/14/2006 6:29:03 PM PDT by RedRover
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To: Bean Counter
that if Kim detonates another nuclear weapon, some Chinese sniper will drill Kim a new anus in the middle of his forehead.

I think you are right.

37 posted on 10/14/2006 8:40:11 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: Bean Counter
When one thinks about it, Kim is causing China a lot of trouble
38 posted on 10/14/2006 8:41:52 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: Arec Barrwin

39 posted on 10/14/2006 8:43:30 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Arec Barrwin
I think Kim Jong Il is more of a figurehead for the NK communist bueeaucracy and military-industrial complex

He's a friggin' loon, sure. But his death would change little, since an NK army general would probably take control.

40 posted on 10/14/2006 8:45:12 PM PDT by FierceDraka (When every special interest gets their way, there will be no more Liberty.)
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To: Arec Barrwin

If you cut off his supply of alkihall, that probably will keep him alive longer. Of course, if abstinence compels him to shift his attention to opium, crack whores, and polishing his shotgun collection, that might do the job.


41 posted on 10/14/2006 9:07:49 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: Arec Barrwin

42 posted on 10/14/2006 11:20:49 PM PDT by Daaave (The flesh eating jinn of Komari.)
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To: Arec Barrwin

Thanks.

BTTT

jm


43 posted on 10/28/2006 12:11:01 AM PDT by JockoManning (Listen Online http://www.klove.com)
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To: Arec Barrwin; All

Related thread:

Rice plays down Kim's test 'pledge'From correspondents in Moscow

October 21, 2006 07:07pm

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has cast doubt on a reported apology by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il for carrying out a nuclear test and a pledge not to carry out more.

"I don't know whether or not Kim Jong-Il said any such thing," Dr Rice has said on a flight from Beijing to Moscow, where she is continuing her talks with nations involved in the stalled six-way talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

"But the Chinese, in a fairly thorough briefing about the talks, said nothing about such an apology for having launched a test," she has said.

Dr Rice has looked clearly exasperated over repeated questions about the reports, which overshadowed her tour of Asia aimed at rallying support for strong UN sanctions against Pyongyang, correspondents accompanying her have reported.

She has gone on to accuse North Korea of seeking to "escalate" the crisis.

Kim Jong-Il reportedly told a delegation from his main ally China that no more atom bomb tests were on the way. A South Korean newspaper also said that Kim had apologised for the first test.

North Korea announced it tested an atomic weapon for the first time on October 9, despite years of diplomatic efforts aimed at getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear program.

The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on the secretive communist regime, including international inspections of North Korean cargo. Rice has discussed implementation of the sanctions in her visits to China, Japan and South Korea. ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1723413/posts?page=1


44 posted on 10/28/2006 12:16:35 AM PDT by JockoManning (Listen Online http://www.klove.com)
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