Should Military Force be Used to Remove the Regime of Kim Jong Il in North Korea?
In a Nutshell
- North Korea likely has nuclear weapons and has repeatedly threatened to use them.
- They are spreading weapons around the world recklessly; e.g. the
missile sale to Yemen.
- They could give nuclear or other WMD to terrorists.
- North Korean civilians are starving and oppressed, with little hope for a better life.
- It would be inconsistent to not attack North Korea after the Iraq War, giving more substance to the Blood-for-Oil
- It would act as a further deterrent to other would-be dictators and terrorist sponsors.
- Kim Jong Il has created many atrocities, such as the kidnapping of Japanese citizens.
- North Korea's desperate financial situation may leave it no other choice but to sell nuclear technology.
- Kim Jong Il has repeatedly provoked us (e.g. entering DMZ, locking on to a recon plane, breaking treaties, etc.)
- It's better to strike now with nuclear capacity at a minimum than to wait for them to build 100s or 1000s of nukes.
- No peace agreement can ever be trusted after they wouldn't even live up to the one-sided oil-for-ending-nuclear-program Clinton deal.
- It would back China into a corner as the only significant remaining communist power.
- World opinion would grow even more anti-American.
- A great number of U.S. soldiers and Korean civilians would likely die.
- There are plenty of diplomatic routes left to try.
- A nuclear catastrophe, possibly on our own soil, could occur.
- Unlike Saddam, the current regime of North Korea has never attacked anyone with a WMD; thus, nuclear ambitions
are likely for deterrence only.
North Korea: Stay the Course
Cato Institute: What to Do About North Korea
Time for a New North Korea Policy
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Written by: Joe Messerli
Page Last Updated: 10/02/2003