One of the things that I find disturbing about our occupation in Iraq and the moving goalposts of why we went in at all is that all the reasons the POTUS is claiming we had to invade Iraq are actually true in North Korea. Despite this, we seem unmoved and more than happy to deal with them diplomatically. In North Korea, they are gassing their own people. They have a nuclear weapons program. Kim Jong-Il is a “dangerous man in a dangerous place”, which apparently is now why we went into Iraq. The difference between the two countries seems to only be in that North Korea is not swimming with oil.
I’ve added to the aggregator the weblog by Rebecca MacKinnon NKZone about North Korea. This is scary and sad stuff, like this entry with pictures of the repression drawn by Korean kids or this one about the 6.5 million people who will go unfed because political tensions are stopping aid. North Korea is not strategically important to the Plan for a New American Century, so we can let them hang fire and hang dissidents. Let’s focus our morality where the petroleum is.