Let's Give North Korea Something to Fear

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, July 07, 2006

Let's Give North Korea Something to Fear

July 7, 2006

What to do about North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Il, one of the biggest despots in a despotic world? The United Nations can’t make up their mind what to do. They never can and even if they did, it wouldn’t matter. Our so-called allies can’t do more than issue statements. China and Russia won’t do much, at least not publicly.

Kim is pulling our chain, trying to get the kind of concessions the Clinton Administration gave him. President Bush says he’ll give him nothing and he is right. Kim is missile rattling, hoping to intimidate us into buying him off. We should do no such thing.

What we should do is perfect our missile defense system and tell North Korea that if it launches missiles at the United States or Japan, we will not only shoot them down, but we will obliterate Kim and his presidential headquarters. That will get his attention.

Enough of this appeasement business. Despots no longer fear the United States because we’ve given them nothing to fear. Let’s tell him he has plenty to fear if he continues down this road.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.