October 11, 2006
What to do about North Korea? For some positive suggestions, see Bob Beckel’s and my column in tomorrow’s edition of USA Today.
One lesson we should learn – and should have learned from pas experiences – is that you can’t trust dictators, thugs and communists. They lie. Jimmy Carter expressed surprise that Leonid Brezhnev would lie to him when he sent troops into Afghanistan. But that didn’t stop Carter from going to North Korea and believing what Kim Jong-Il told him about his nuclear weapons program.
Liberal democrats want to negotiate with terrorists and dictators. Many conservatives want to see them undermined and ousted from power. You can’t trust them. You can’t believe them. So you have to plan ways to defeat them.
The left went nuts when Ronald Reagan announced the Soviet Union would be thrown onto the ash heap of history. They wanted unilateral disarmament and meaningless treaties. Reagan was proved right, but a new generation has to learn old lessons as this one will with North Korea.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.