Well here we are....North Korea has done it. Forget about stopping Kim Jong-Il from acquiring a nuclear weapon....that happened long ago. Forget about his missile tests a few months ago. Now he's done what many thought he wouldn't...he's tested a nuclear weapon. He set off the bomb.
Geologists have reported an earthquake that registered a 4.2 on the Richter scale....and the cause of that explosion is assumed to be the underground detonation of North Korea's nuclear bomb.
Condemnation was swift from around the world, including the United States. Tony Snow issued this statement: "A North Korean nuclear test would constitute a provocative act in defiance of the will of the international community and of our call to refrain from actions that would aggravate tensions in northeast Asia." South Korea is mad...China is upset.....countries around the world are condemning the test. So what is going to happen next? What will be North Korea's punishment?
Absolutely nothing, and North Korea knows it. That's why The Gargoyle pushed the button...he knows there aren't any consequences. Oh sure...the U.S. says it will push for sanctions at the UN today. But North Korea is already under military and economic sanctions. Kim Jong-Il simply doesn't care. He knows we're not going to do anything, at least militarily.
The most interesting reaction may be Russia's. Prior to the actual test the Russian leadership said that if North Korea does conduct such a test that would be a signal for the United States to enter two-party talks with North Korea. Well, that's exactly was North Korea has been asking for ... so that would make Russia's position one of appeasement.
Ahhhhh ... appeasement. It makes you wonder just how long it will be today before the Democrats start making similar statements. My bet is that some leading Democrat will step forward and demand two-party talks before the sun goes down. I'm betting on either John Kerry or Al Gore. Maybe Hillary!
And just why does that strange little gargoyle who rules North Korea want two-party talks? Two reasons!
- Any talks between just North Korea and the United States would legitimize the North Korean government.
- It is much easier to stage a raid on the U.S. Treasury .. and on the American taxpayers .. in two-party talks. The Gargoyle can't feed his own people ... a lot of U.S. money would help him.
OK Democrats ... step up here! Who is going to be the first to call for those two-party talks, and to support a raid on the U.S. taxpayers to calm The Gargoyle down?"