Originally Posted by sammi jo
End the sanctions and let them be. At some point, the powers-that-be there will become more realistic and drop their hardline approach... or they'll fade away, or get deposed.The USSR and Eastern Europe imploded and collapsed with little outside prodding......
The army is fed. The army is loyal. Thus far anyway. Ratchet up the sanctions and even they start to starve.
As far as the idea that hardline dictators fade away or get deposed goes you only have to look as far as Cuba to see that they don't.
Really now? NK is developing nukes to prevent being attacked.
Bullshit. Who the hell was going to attack them? Nobody. There's this big ass country to it's north with a big ass military and a large number of nukes that protects it just as we protect the south. Nobody was going to attack NK. Not even Bush.
There was zero defensive need for nukes. Same for Iran. China gets its oil from Iran and if we mucked with it there would be hell to pay. So not even Bush was going to be dumb enough to do that.
The only way Iran or NK gets into a war is if THEY start one with a minor possibility that Israel might attack Iran. At which point we're probably not involved unless Iran chooses to make us involved.
The IAF looks like it might be capable of such a raid depending on if/when Iran gets S300s.
They have everything to lose by invading the South. Kim may be a power-crazed egomaniac, but he's not a dumb-ass, and he's not likely to endanger his position by launching a war which he will not only lose, but get taken out personally, guaranteed.
At some point he'll have nothing to lose if he thinks he's about to lose control of the military.
And whose responsibility is that? If Apple had invested in the US economy, rather than going for profit maximization, for the benefit of a foreign power in part of the world thats looking more unstable....
Please. South Korea is not unstable and they have some of the best tech out there in competition with the Japanese and the US. If you want to join the "Freedom Fries" short bus I'm afraid that bandwagon sailed with the last president.
Which part of "South Korea is our friend and likes doing business with us" that you simply don't understand or accept? We are not universally hated or the evil bad guys...sorry to burst your little bubble.