April 6, 2009
U.S. urges strong response to N. Korea rocket launch

The United States said on Monday that it will continue to press the United Nations Security Council for a strong response to this weekend’s rocket launch by North Korea, a rocket that President Obama said could be used for long-range missiles.

The U.S. and others have called the launch a failure. But North Korea claimed success, and its real victory may have been in capturing the world’s attention.

Leon Sigal, with the Social Science Research Council, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the results of the launch, China’s influence on North Korea and the possibilty of sanctions.

For more on the launch, read Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner’s analysis: Diplomacy should trump name-calling in dealing with Korea.

For more on South-North Korea relations, see Wide Angle’s “Field Trip to the DMZ,” showcasing North Korean defectors living in South Korea.

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#6

A speaker once entered an auditorium with a point to make. He looked at the crowd and said, “Don’t wiggle your toes.” After he was finished he asked his honest and in-part giggling crowd- “OK- how many of you wiggled your toes just now?” Scores and scores of hands went up. The point he wanted to make about human nature is that no sooner a command is given no sooner a command is broken. And perhaps on the side of the fact that we are not automatons– we have been living to greater and lesser degrees as free agents and by habit intrinsically have instilled in us the umph to assert just that.

The situation between the two Koreas (though the Korean psyche is very, very monolithic in nature and sees One people not two peoples) isn’t that simple for sure. Yet, my example still stands as part of the puzzle and is especially inclusive to many nations that are homogenious by blood and monolithic in their national pride.

When you are dealing with a monolith you’re immediately dealing with all that is melted into that oneness. Dealing with the “two” Koreas would actually be seen and felt in the soul of any true Korean as dealing with all Koreans in general. So, the powder keg.

A strong response would and could be interpreted as an attack on the hard work of many Koreans who have tried whether by way of tourism, exchange of formerly held Koreans to visit their relatives in the South, the Sunshine Policy, and other “friendly diplomatic acts” as undoing all that. Perhaps in a monolithic society a rocket sent flailing through the sky is a point of ethnic pride more than a threat to the South. Thus, co-operation between the USA (perhaps seen as the Behomoth getting in the way of unity)and the Koreas may be to the limit that it doesn’t increase the “beast’s” strength and diminish the potency of the Korean peoples of the earth.

We have not only seen this play out here- we have seen it in the media dealing with the Arabs where one basically said in an interview during the Iraq war, “I feel hurt and ashamed to see my people hurt. It feels like it’s happening to me.” Though the “my people” were the radicals controlling and torturing a nation- they were “me” at the end of the day being hurt by a nation, which in that particular culture is often seen as standing in the way of the good they would if they could.

Newton’s III Law: To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. If the USA were to have given or give a very strong reaction to the flag of Korea flying through the air it’s pretty easy to say- there would not be an action of “Hurray” from the hearts of the South- rather on some level whether emotional, diplomatic, political… it would just play right back into the lap of the USA as a (an)- perhaps unconcious-attempt at an equal reaction to restore the Korean way of unity and peace in the regent.

#5

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#4

Knowledge of the Value and Usefulnesses of pragmatic Chinese traditional (philosophical) ‘cuisine’ may require ongoing
acquired ‘tastes’ parallelling all the ’styles’
of Tactfulnesses necessary when testing Diplomatic ‘Hors D’Ouevres’ on North Korean ‘appetites’ by ways and means of the varying ‘culinary’ Channels of differing high-quality ‘Restaurants’ (those places of ‘negotiated gatherings’) while ‘dining’ at various geometrically round, rectangular, triangular and square ‘Tables’ (of philosophical thought-shapes)… ‘dining’ well if the proper (intellectual/emotional) ‘Chopsticks’ are, properly, held and used, deftly, with each successive and linguistically
(albeit non-blusteringly) ’served dish’.
Don’t forget (to examine) the wording in your ‘fortune’ cookie!

#3

I am wondering if North Korea likes our diplomatic pies? I am inclined to think North
Koreans will not like such pies if they are baked
by American chefs.

#2

this article is at the bottom of the list, thats how bad this is!

#1

this article was not good at all

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