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Old 03-24-2004, 03:15 PM   #46
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I was thinking North Korea. A country that admits to producing WMD. Shouldn't we be in there ASAP? Making the world a safer place.
No, North Korea has too much military power. They're not weak enough to invade. With them we'll just "negotiate."
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Old 03-24-2004, 03:35 PM   #47
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I was thinking North Korea. A country that admits to producing WMD. Shouldn't we be in there ASAP? Making the world a safer place.
The United States has been there since 1950. The United States has helped mantain peace on the Korean penninsula for over 50 years now.

The reasons for disarmament of Saddam were based on his past behavior which gave the international community no choice but to insure he was disarmed.

There are two factors which make US and UN policy toward North Korea very different than US and UN policy toward Saddam.

#1 Unlike Saddam, North Korea has not invaded and attacked four different countries in the past 20 years. They have never used WMD on another country. In fact, North Korea has only gone to war one time in its history and that was over 50 years ago. North Korea's actions in regards to other countries have been the opposite of Saddam over the past 50 years.

#2 But North Korea does have considerable military capability that is a concern regardless of what its true intentions may be. North Korea has enough conventional artillery in range of the "Seoul" South Korea to kill hundreds of thousands of people within the first few days of any military conflict. For decades North Korea has been building artillery into the side of mountains well within range of Seoul and heavily fortified to protect and conceal such emplacements from counter attack. Seoul South Korea is less than 30 miles from the border with North Korea and in range of thousands of Northern Korean Artillery emplacements. While US and South Korean military could eventually knock out this Artillery, they could not do so before hundreds of thousands, perhaps a half million people in the Seoul Metropolitan area had been killed.

This unique situation where one of the worlds largest population centers is so close to the worlds largest concentration of conventional artillery is unlike any other security situation in the world and makes any military conflict for any reason a dangerous risk because of the inability to prevent large scale loss of life in relatively short period of time.

The fact that North Korea now has Nuclear Weapons only makes the situation even worse as North Korea now has the ability to destroy Tokyo or other cities in Japan and South Korea with a balistic Missile armed with a Nuclear Warhead.



To sum up, there is no need for military action against North Korea because it has not been an aggressor in over 50 years. South Korea which has the worlds 6th largest military and the US forces there have successfully detered any new military conflict from happening for over 50 years now. There is not a pressing need to disarm North Korea through military force because it has not invaded another country in over 50 years or engaged in any other behavior in international relations that Saddam has.

Second, even if there was a desire to disarm North Korea through military force, it could not be done without the cost of perhaps millions of lives do to North Korea's unique strengths in conventional artillery and its proximity to one of the largest cities on the planet, in addition to now having Nuclear Weapons.

Since North Korea has remained passive in regards to its actions against other countries and has not sold its Nuclear Technology to others to the best of our knowledge at the current time, the best policy against North Korea right now remains to achieve disarmament through diplomacy. Right now, the risk and cost of diplomatic action are far better than the risk and cost of military intervention. If North Korea were to invade South Korea, sell Nuclear technology, or support terrorism, the military option would most likely be the only option.
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Sting2: You're very good at spewing out facts (one-sided ones).

What do you do for a living?
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Old 03-24-2004, 04:13 PM   #49
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tackleberry, please don't call out post-ers in such a manner. That's a bit uncalled-for. If you'd genuinely like to know what Sting does for a living, do so politely and in the context of an e-mail or PM.
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I apologize. In all sincerity, I am honestly interested in what Mr. Sting does for a living. However, I am not a premium member, and I was unware of the specifics odf PM and e-mail. Once again I apologize.
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