Nuclear chicken

International condemnation has been fast and furious following the apparent nuclear demonstration in North Korea, yet the coolest heads appear to be in the nations nearest North Korea geographically. China has publicly ruled out a military response and recognizes the danger in collapsing the North Korean ‘economy’ through economic sanction. Japan’s new PM, who has mused in the past about the constitutionality of nuclear weaponry, has assured the international community Japan has no interest in attaining a nuclear deterrent.

Not surprisingly, the hottest heads are in the US administration, calling for immediate and severe sanctions, and refusing to talk to the DPRK. The first rule of the Nuclear Club, apparently, is you do not talk about Nuclear Club. This response seems predictable and especially inappropriate considering it was American hotheadedness that rekindled Kim’s nuclear desires in the first place, through calling out Korea in the 2002 State of the Union and demonstrating the nuances of American diplomacy by invading Iraq, then by contributing to the breakdown of the October 1994 Agreed Framework. The Bush administration has practically sponsored their membership.


Like it or lump it, the DPRK is now nuclear, and it doesn’t strike me as one of those countries that develops nuclear weapons then abandons them after achieving some mystical peak of technological determinism. Now it’s time to make sure they play by club rules, namely, not to use them, and not to give them to anyone who will use them.

Oh ya, it might be nice to consider disbanding the club altogether to take up golf.
~Manatee

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5 Comments

  1. Gnomes said,

    Wednesday, 11 October 2006 at 11:32 am

    While I too feel that economic sanctions would be ineffective, only further hurting a population living in abject poverty, and doing little to ensure they “play by the rules”. But how do you attempt to make sure of that?

    And “Tainted lettuce”? I don’t get it.

  2. Manatee said,

    Wednesday, 11 October 2006 at 2:30 pm

    I think that the risk of DPRK using nuclear weapons is far less (approaching zero) than the risk of accidental detonation, or accidental proliferation to non-state actors. To prevent the latter problems the international community, especially the members of the nuclear club, need to engage DPRK in the programs already in place to ensure nuclear safety and security standards.

    Tainted Lettuce was the working title of a scathing critique of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that I began writing, before Letterman started and I switched to something I could finish in a commercial break. I stand by the title though. I am pleased to announce that details of ‘Scathing Critique 2’ will be made available later in the month, after consultaions with the ecoli industry.

  3. Gnomes said,

    Wednesday, 11 October 2006 at 4:05 pm

    How about something a little catchier and more relevant for the RSS feeds, like a reference to The Atomic Café or Dr. Strangelove?

  4. Manatee said,

    Wednesday, 11 October 2006 at 4:23 pm

    I dont care about the feeds, but feel free to change it. I’d like to see a picture of an invitation to Korea from George W. or a picture of Kim Jong Il with mushroom cloud hair accompanying this.

    Can you find a copy of this anywhere, I cant access it on the Globe’s site.

    “North Korea won’t blink in the game of nuclear chicken” written by UofA prof Wenran Jiang

  5. Gnomes said,

    Wednesday, 11 October 2006 at 5:32 pm

    I’ll leave the advanced photoshopping to O’Smiley.

    Regarding your article, try this link.


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