April 15th, 2013

A Better Approach Towards North Korea

Economics & Politics

In 2003, Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi agreed with the US and Europe to end his pursuit of nuclear and chemical weapons in order to normalize relations with the West. Eight years later, NATO abetted his overthrow and murder. Now we are asking North Korea to end its nuclear program as we once asked of Qaddafi. North Korea’s leaders must be wondering what would await them if they agree.

US foreign policy is based on the idea that the US can dictate who rules and who does not, and which countries can keep nuclear weapons and which cannot. Moreover, the US Government reserves the right to change its opinion on these matters. It supported Qaddafi until it did not. It supported Saddam until it did not; it supported Iran’s Mohammad Mossadegh in the early 1950s until it joined the UK in toppling him; and it supported Panama’s Manuel Noriega until it toppled him. This list goes on, and North Korean leaders must suspect that they are next.

Read full article at the Huffington Post


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