Thursday, July 22, 2010
How do you communicate to a rogue state that glories in its belligerence? This is the constant challenge the world faces in talking to North Korea. North Korea holds its own counsel, plays games with China, South Korea and the US and gets away with appalling behavior. Yet, because it is a nuclear state and a highly armed one, the rest of the world must tread carefully about North Korea's borders. If there is any one state that deserves to fall in the world today, North Korea would be it. No one is ready to take on that mission so the rest of the world jawbones North Korea's leaders who play one country against another. It is frustrating and not productive, but not much else can be done. North Korea is an example of the limits of communication.