yedidyak wrote:Oh for sure. If the price of a few years of a non-nuclear NK is that their people don't starve, then great. Just that there has to be some sort of endgame, and I don't think that it can include the pseudo-Communist monarchy that's there now.
Of course, just that's not really a goal that we can make into a short term one. With the way the country is run now, I'd expect it'd probably take decades to turn into a non-oppressive state. Small victories like this are exactly what we need. If we see the chance for a big victory, then it might be worth taking, but until then, just slowly working on the smaller ones is the best chance we have of making North Korea be a better place- for its citizens, for its neighbors, or for everyone else.
It's only a victory if N.Korea holds up their end of the deal. If they kick the inspectors out of the country moments after the check clears then it's no victory at all, at best it's foreign aid.N.Korea has kicked out IAEA inspectors before
. The only ray of light here is that it's a new dictator at the top, however there's too many unknowns, like if he's consolidated power to actually have control, and of course that suddenly becoming the head-of-state hasn't caused him to become batshit insane.
This agreement is in many ways a test of Kim Jong-Un as a leader, to see if he pulls the same shennanigans Jong-Il did in his day, or if Jong-Un will keep his word.
The test is on the desk, Kim Jong-Un still has to answer the questions.
We're in the traffic-chopper over the XKCD boards where there's been a thread-derailment. A Liquified Godwin spill has evacuated threads in a fourty-post radius of the accident. It is believed that the Point has perished. Back to you Bob.