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The Great Equalizer
The American Conservative ^
| Pat Buchanan
Posted on 02/12/2003 9:17:47 PM PST by Burkeman1
The Great Equalizer
by Pat Buchanan
God may have created all men, but it was Sam Colt who made them equal. So it was said of the Old West, where Colts six-shooter gave the small man a certain equality. In the 21st century, the atom bomb is the great equalizer. No matter how evil the outlaw regime, acquisition of an atom bomb can earn it respect. When one has the bomb, attention must be paid.
Compare how America treats Kim Jong Il, the Stalinist who has starved millions, and Saddam, who has gassed thousands. Kim has a secret uranium enrichment program, a nuclear reactor, and a reprocessing plant to extract plutonium. He has kicked out his UN inspectors and threatened to turn South Korea into a sea of fire.
Saddam has no fissile material, no nuclear facilities, no atom bomb, and has invited UN inspectors to rummage about his country. Yet, as Maureen Dowd writes, Kim gets a fruit basket and Saddam a Tomahawk missile. Why? Kim may have the bomb, but Saddam does not. Get the bomb, and U.S. belligerence gives way to sweet reason.
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: iraq; northkorea; nukes; wmd
No takers to even try and dispute this without insults or calling the author an anti semite?
posted on 02/12/2003 9:17:47 PM PST
The author tells the awful truth.
The strategic problem is the uncontrolled intersection of terrorists and Iraq (and Pakistan). NK is contained.
At least it better be.
posted on 02/12/2003 9:22:44 PM PST
Pretty short article, and the link doesn't work.
Using common sense, I'm gonna play devil's advocate on this one:
I don't think NK currently has any nuclear bombs. Why? Two reasons: One, because, knowing how desperate Kim is for attention, and knowing the propaganda value and visual power of a nuke test, I think he would JUMP at the chance to give a test demonstration.
Second, most of NK's fissile material is plutonium, not enriched uranium. The latter makes for a "simple" nuclear bomb, of the kind that Pakistan has. The plutonium type is more complicated, involving "explosive lenses", complicated timing, and much more unstable material; it's quite a technical challenge.
NK may have them in future years - and is trying by any means to get to that point - but I think the fact we've seen NO test so far means NK is bluffing.
Feel free to take your best shot.
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