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Kim Jong Un is playing the same poker his father played: Do something dramatic and half-crazy to gain attention and bribes from those governments whose leaders fear he will attack south, or worse, unleash an atomic warheads on Japan or South Korea.
Declaring the armistice null and void is dramatic and causes concern about his rationality, but such ploys have worked many times before, and in his mind, it will work again.
The U.S. and its allies maintain pressure on this tiny militarized nation by isolating it from the so-called “free world.”
We are good at it, too — just ask Fidel Castro of Cuba, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Assad of Syria and on and on.
I wonder on what basis the isolation theory rests. Sixty years of isolation has not changed the government of Cuba but has impoverished its citizens.
Iran is beginning to slide into the same morass of poverty and deprivation; it becomes more dangerous daily.
My experience is that a cornered dog fights and fights viciously against overwhelming odds once it realizes it has no other option.
If we remember that survival is the strongest natural instinct, perhaps we can reconsider our failed policy of isolation — a form of nation bullying — and begin a policy of inclusion, trade and outreach. There is no reason to fear that we will be contaminated by peoples we have forced into a corner when we extend a hand of understanding.
China was a foe in our eyes before we began trading actively with them. Now we are co-dependent, like it or not.
It is time for North Korea and South Korea to begin serious reunification talks before their large sponsor nations goad them into another war on the crowded Korean peninsula.
It is time for the U.S. to admit that military intervention and nation-building or nation-bullying are flawed policies and should be ended. Let the proponents of such activities review the results in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Vietnam, Egypt and Cuba.
I’m sorry, but I drone on!