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Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Dangerous axis.

"The crisis at hand is not that Kim Jong Il has suddenly become more evil," writes Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek. "It is that North Korea will, within months, become a plutonium factory." As Josh Marshall points out, the Bush administration didn't bother to come up with a policy for Jong Il, and now the U.S. is scrambling to find a way — any way — out of a truly frightening standoff. The U.S. doesn't have many options: As Zakaria points out, "The reality is that no one has much leverage. North Korea is one of the two or three most isolated regimes in the world. Its people are eating grass for food. Economic sanctions are unlikely to force change."

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 8 January 2003 at 4:07 PM

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