Friday, May 29, 2009

It’s Time to Take North Korea Out - An interesting analogy

from North Star Writer Group
Gregory D. Lee
May 29, 2009

North Korea’s Memorial Day detonation of another nuclear bomb, coupled with the launch of five missiles in two days that are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, needs to be immediately addressed unilaterally by the United States. Relying on the United Nations is a waste of valuable time and energy.

Kim Jong Il has proven himself as a stealth, provocative and cunning leader of his country. In two days he has shown the world that he now possesses a nuclear weapon that is more powerful than the near-dud he exploded in October 2006. Someone there has read the assembly instructions provided by Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan, and although not perfect, the weapon he possesses is at least equal to the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan during World War II – a frightening proposition when the bomb’s owner is a certified nut.

Or is he?

So far, Kim Jong Il is running circles around the United States and the U.N., both of which are standing still wringing their hands. President Obama says that this latest test is a “grave concern.” That’s the understatement of the century! Who wouldn’t be “gravely” concerned that a crazy dictator possesses powerful nuclear bombs and the missiles capable of launching them onto U.S. soil? I don’t think Iran is too concerned because it will soon buy the same weapons system to launch toward U.S. interests from the opposite side of the globe. All this is happening right before our eyes as the U.N. postures and calls for “strong measures.” Will somebody please define for me what the U.N. means by “strong measures?” All the previous “strong measures” that the U.N. levied on North Korea only enhanced its ability to develop Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. Now North Korea is at the verge of arming the ICBMs with nuclear warheads, and the U.S. and the U.N. have done little to prevent it.

This is like Uncle Sam standing on a deserted roadway while an SUV rapidly comes his way. Uncle Sam raises one hand signaling the driver of the SUV to stop and while his other hand holds a bull horn, he declares, “Stop! Or I will punish you with economic sanctions if you get any closer.” The driver of the SUV, Kim Jong Il, ignores the veiled threat, and stomps the gas pedal even harder. As the SUV speeds ever closer, Uncle Sam is getting concerned and cries out, “If you don’t stop now, I’m really going to be mad this time, and my friends at the U.N. will double the economic sanctions against you.” Undaunted, Kim Jong Il barrels down ever closer toward hapless Uncle Sam while displaying a satanic smile that suggests, “I’m going to run you over, you S.O.B., and I don’t give a damn about your stupid sanctions!”

Within a few seconds, Kim Jong Il mows over a shocked Uncle Sam, who has a frozen look of disbelief on his face. As the SUV comes to a halt, Kim Jong Il ponders, “Why didn’t Uncle Sam just get out of the way? All he had to do was move to the right and I would not have been able to hit him.” Then it dawns on Kim Jong Il. Uncle Sam didn’t get out of the way because he still believed diplomacy would save him. Kim Jong Il puts the vehicle in park and walks up to Uncle Sam’s flattened body, basking in his glorious victory over the West. He sees that Uncle Sam had a short barrel Remington 870 12-gauge pump shotgun under his coat and an S&W .357 caliber revolver in his waistband. Intrigued, Kim Jong Il asks himself, “Why didn’t Uncle Sam just shoot me to prevent getting run over?” It quickly comes to him, provoking another smile. “He was a weakling whose threats were meaningless. He didn’t have the courage to pull the trigger.” Kim Il Jong then climbs back into his SUV, makes a speedy U-turn and squeals his tires toward South Korea before his final destination – Japan.

How long will Uncle Sam stand in the roadway while a crazy person driving a speeding SUV comes toward him? The time has come for the U.S. to pull the trigger and take out Kim Jong Il before it’s too late.

Gregory D. Lee is a nationally syndicated columnist for North Star Writers Group. You can reach him at
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