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WAWIBF... Comical Kim

15 October 2006

Well, it was only a matter of time, but this week North Korea finally flashed the world its nuclear nads. At the moment they're only good for setting off underground and even then not with any level of easily identifiable success, but nonetheless, they are on the table. And the fact that they are there on the table after the international community had expressly forbidden them says a great deal. Mostly it says how no one's got much of a clue how to deal with that crazy little guy from 'Team America'.

'Don't test those weapons,' the world said. And Kim Jong-il said, 'Oh no? Or what?' And he tested anyway. Or at least he pretended to. The result's pretty much the same either way. It's still a big 'fuck you' to all and sundry. Or 'a provocation', as the superpowers put it. But the question remains, what *are* they going to do about it?

Sanctions appear to be the only way forward at present, with all members of the international community wondering how they can best punish the poor and innocent of North Korea for the actions of its beloved tyrant. Japan have got in there first, and have already approved a total trade ban. North Korea have responded to this by threatening 'strong countermeasures'. Meanwhile in the States, US ambassador and Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Bolton is worried that waiting around for UN Security Council agreement is a waste of time - they need to retaliate in the same week as the provocation. North Korea have responded to this by saying it would consider US pressure a 'declaration of war'.

They're certainly feisty, North Korea. We'll give them that.

But despite appearances to the contrary, this is not a time for blind panic. This is a time for sober appraisal of the situation and a calm reflection on what we actually know. Step forward President Bush. On Tuesday George explained the situation to journalist Suzanne Malveaux:

'These problems didn't arise overnight and they don't get solved overnight. It takes a while. I think if you look at the history of the North Korea weapons programme, it started probably in the eighties. We don't know.'

Thanks, George.

It's funny, but watching that blithering imbecile at work, you begin to wonder if Mr Kim isn't nearly so bad. Fuck it, let him have his nukes.

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