|Is President Bush
responsible for the recent rekindling of nuclear production in North
Korea? If you listen to the intellects, they accuse him of
starting the nuclear fires. But is he the source of the
problem or its solution? Find out in this compelling article.
24, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 499
For Want Of An Evil Axis
There Might Not Be A Korean Crisis--Not! Not! Not!
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 24--Last night
I sat in the next to the front row at New York City's famous Japan
Society with my wife and listened for two hours to a diatribe of Bush
Bashing. The unpublished theme of the meeting was "How
President Bush Used Two Four Letter Words To Piss Off North Korea Into
Making Nuclear Bombs & Upsetting The Balance Of Power In the Far
East." The official name of the seminar, held at the New
York Japan Society headquarters, was "Standoff on the Korean
Peninsula: Defusing North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions."
The main Bush Basher was former
Secretary of Defense William J. Perry who served under President
Clinton from 1994-1997. He was also Deputy Secretary of Defense
from 1993-1994, and Under Secretary of Defense for Research and
Engineering from 1977-1981. His total service in political
defense strategy duty amounts to sixteen years. You'd think he'd
Last night he all but accused the
United States of provoking North Korea into rekindling its
nuclear production capacity based on two four letter words:
In a not-so-subtle punch-fest of
facts, he accused President Bush of lighting the kindling that ignited
the North Korean crisis by addressing North Korea as a member of the
"evil axis,"--those nations whom the current Administration has
singled out as Terrorist nations, bent on the proliferation and
expansion of Terrorism within their countries and exporting it throughout the world.
I was surprised that a distinguished panel of educators, mostly from the Far
East, fell into step with the former Secretary of Defense's attack on
William J. Perry
Secretary of Defense (1994-1997) and Special Advisor to the
President and Secretary of State on U.S.-North Korea relations
under the Clinton Administration
carried his own special club
and brought it down hard on the Administration's head, some with more
energy than others. Japan was the most gentle, its spokesman
denying that Japan would ever build nuclear weapons--a denial made so
many times one wondered if he was protesting too much.
To a man, no one on the panel
liked the idea that a U.S. President used the words "rogue
nation," or its brass-knuckled extension, "evil state," to describe the likes of
North Korea or any nation bent on defying the world by building
weapons of mass destruction or treating its citizens with such
selfishness as to lead them into famine and long-range state oppression.
Supporting Mr. Perry in lambasting
the current Administration's handling of North Korea was Samuel S.
Kim, a noted author on North Korea from Columbia University; Xiaobo Lu, an expert on China and director of the Weatherhead East
Asia Institute; and a Japanese journalist for Nikkei, Chief
Correspondent Tsuyoshi Sunohara. Moderating the event was John L. Holden,
President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and
chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.
Such a force of intellect and
experience in the Far East was indeed intimidating if one were to take
what they said at face value. The real rogue would have been
George Bush had someone from Mars been listening to the invectives
hurled his way.
was portrayed as a verbal warmonger
was portrayed as a verbal gun slinger, unskilled and inept to handle
foreign affairs, and who, was the true "evil axis" eager to bring the
United States and world to the brink of war.
Bush bashing slathered itself
over the conference. At the same time, there was irony and
paradox at play.
In Mr. Perry's opening remarks,
he admitted that the first strategy he developed against North Korea
when it began making nuclear bombs in the early 90's was a full force
military strike. He said he shelved that plan and instead came
up with the Agreed Framework, an appeasement policy that gave guns and
butter to North Korea on the grounds North Korea would stop nuclear
Perry and the panelists
suggested that North Korea was moving toward a "friendly state
status." He recounted how North Korea began embracing the
Sunshine Policy extended by South Korea, and appeared to be breaking down its "hermit nation" shell until President Bush
took office and sliced through the potential Xanadu with his "evil
Mr. Perry didn't mention that
Kim Jong Il invites wealthy nations to dump their toxic waste on his
impoverished country or that he produces opium and exports it for hard
cash that goes to his lavishly opulent life style while his people
boil grass for nourishment.
children starve while Kim Jong Il lives openly opulent
Professor Kim chorused Mr.
Perry's remarks, banging loudly how rhetoric of "rogue nations" and
"evil axis" was insulting to nations, and drove them to the
He implied such words twisted North Korea's arms into making nuclear
bombs and thus, threatened the stability of the Far East.
I squirmed in my chair.
It sounded like George Bush was the man starving the Korean
people and threatening to launch a first strike against other nations
with biochemical and nuclear weapons. Or that George Bush was
the guy digging the tunnels between North and South Korea that could
shove 30,000 troops an hour into the heart of the South Koreans.
I thought of Winston
Churchill's comment: "Appeasement is feeding an alligator in
hopes it will eat you last."
I pondered the past policies
of the world, and how there was only one policy that worked over
history's long tenure--and that was to cut out the cancer before it
killed the victim. Appeasement has never worked when
dealing with a Beast of Terror. The Beast's hunger for power and
its thirst to take all it can stomach at any cost overpowers its vision to the future.
Kim Jong Il, the current head
of North Korea has continually starved his people and held his
citizens prisoners in a state of Terror--both politically and
economically. Two million North Koreans starved in a
recent famine, directly the result of selfish, self-centered policies
of Terrorism, fueled by Kim's paranoia and flagrant search for
nuclear power that would give him even more bargaining power.
Half of his nation's revenues goes toward
building the military at the expense of its 26 million citizens. Unicef reports that over 60 percent of the children in North Korean
children are malnourished, and World Watch boosts that estimate to 85
But despite all the evidence that Kim
is indeed a "Hitler of the Far East," Perry and his Bush Bashers
chimed that using such "vile" words to describe Kim's nation was
nothing more than an invitation for Kim to retreat to his basic
nature--that of the Beast.
panel members: Samuel S. Kim, Xiaobo Lu, and Tsuyoshi Sunohara
When pressed on a question about
North Korea's internal attitude toward the United States, Mr. Perry
said that North Korea was one of the few nations in the world that
disallowed any information from the outside world to its citizens.
All information, he said, comes from state. He cited an
example of bringing medicine to a children's hospital, and the nurse
who accompanied him to visit the children's ward warned him that the
children would be afraid of him. She said they children
asked when they learned an American was coming to visit: "Is he
coming here to kill us?"
If evil is measured by the way a
parent a treats a child, then the leadership that starves the children
of North Korea and soils its land as a major chemical dump for other
nations, must be called for what it is--evil. But the
positioning of the conference was that George Bush was the bad guy.
He was the "evil one" for pulling Kim Jong Il's covers, for singling
him out for what he is--a bandit stealing from his people and raping
the land for his personal gain.
American foreign policy has taken a
dramatic shift since the Bush Administration took command. After the September 11, 2001 attack,
George Bush pulled the plug on "nice guy negotiations." He
stripped off the polish that covers nations who stand out like sore
thumbs as example of "rogue nations," countries who threaten not only
their own people, but all their neighbors.
As much as America is despised in the
Middle East, there's not a leader in that sector who trusts Saddam
Hussein, or doesn't wish him to be removed from power.
Hussein would attack his own mother if he thought he could gain more
power from the assault. Kim Jong Il is cut from the same cloth.
Rogue is far too nice a word.
Evil is much more to the point.
fights with strength to seek and destroy (Terrorists)
The fact that the Bush
Administration has taken off the boxing gloves and chooses to fight
with bare fists is not a flaw in foreign policy. It is a
Bullies only respect the bigger bully.
The Mid East nations that once swaggered about by coveting and
harboring Terrorists now shoo them away, fearful they might come under
the wrath of America's anti-Terrorism policy. Even Yemen,
once a haven for Terrorists, sides with the U.S. in seeking and
In the recent analysis in Time Magazine of
the various regional countries surrounding Iraq, to a tee, they all
agree that he is a threat to them as well as to the security of the
Doctor Perry, as he is referred to these
days, castigated the wrong guy. Or, he was, as so many
former politicians do, covering his own buttock so that his ineptness
to take action against Kim back when the Agreed Framework was designed
doesn't look like a massive error in foreign policy.
The issue is, "Who calls the spade a
spade?" "Who has the guts to stand up to a Terrorist
nation today, so that downline when the next Terrorist nation starts
to rumble and roar, it will be muffled out of fear rather than believe
it can bluff its way to power?"
We let India and Pakistan become nuclear
powers. That was done under Dr. Perry's watch.
Who is going to stop North Korea? Who is going to stop Saddam
Hussein? Who is going to stop Nation X? or Nation Y?
George W. Bush
throws Fear into the Terrorists
Bush waged war on
Terrorism because Terrorism is evil by its nature. It has no
redeeming values. It seeks to strike Fear, Intimidation
and Complacency into the weak and vulnerable. It attacks the
innocent. It targets women and children.
Yet Dr. Perry and his band of panelists would
throw curves at the evil axis and have them return to the pitcher,
George Bush and blame him for standing tall when the world cowers in
the face of the brutes.
America has taken on the role of the
Parent of Vigilance, not just to protect its own children, but to
protect the Children's Children's Children of the world.
Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary
of Defense, stated recently that "Nine Eleven basically brought home
to all of us, including me, just what the stakes were in leaving
threats like that untended." He was referring to any
and all Terrorists, individuals or nations, whose master plan includes
domination over others.
Last night, when the panelists
slipped off the main course of Bush Bashing, they admitted that North
Korea has no scruples. If North Korea continues to build
nuclear capacity, and can have 50 nuclear weapons in less than five
years, it will more than likely sell its surplus of nuclear
weapons to the highest bidder with as much total disregard to how
they will be used as it has to the feeding of its children, or the
development of free thought and the flow of information to its
citizens, or to the protection of its land from toxic dumping.
As a Parent and Grandparent of
Vigilance, I have an obligation to protect my children, my
grandchildren, and their children's children's children. So, do
I believe, does every other parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousin
and loved one.
If a nation has a history of
denying its children the rights of evolution, the rights of food and
shelter, the rights of expanding their human potential, then such a
nation is "evil" in its intent. It doesn't have to
manufacture nuclear weapons to attain this lowest of elevations of
leadership and guardianship.
I realized Wm.
Perry didn't hear the message from the starving North Korean
To call such a nation "evil" is not a sign
of political insult, but rather a strong and clear message
to the world that Parents of Vigilance will not let
their neighbors abuse their children, turn them into
Terrorists, and stand by trying to appease them.
While Bush Bashing
is camp these days for those who oppose his blunt and
parental style of leadership, it is cheered by those
of us who realize that unless someone stands up to the
"evil," the evil will consume not only those
it bludgeons, but those who watch it with apathy.
Conviction and Right Action, Yes!
the worst evil of all is watching a poison viper crawl
onto an innocent baby's belly and not do anything but
call the nurse who let it in the room names.
I think Mr. Perry ought to think about swatting the
viper away from the child rather than berating the nurse.
He might find, also, the viper was hiding not outside
the door, but in his pocket next to the names he slings
at those who stand up to evil.
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