Beyond the Cusp

November 23, 2010

North Korea Shells Obama’s Image

When North Korea shelled the South Korean Yeonpyeong Island, they also opened another salvo upon the ever-shrinking image that is the Obama Presidency. One cannot help but imagine that President Obama’s hapless, lackluster performance at the latest G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea was noted by North Korea bolstering them to attack. Obviously, they have no fear of reprisals from the United States for their blatant aggressions that claimed the lives of two South Korean soldiers, causing massive damage and fires, sending civilians scurrying for shelter. Confirming North Korean assumption that President Obama’s reaction to their aggression would be passive and ineffective, White House spokesperson Bill Burton called the North Korean attack, “a particularly outrageous act,” adding that President Obama planned to call South Korean President Lee Myung Bak.

Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman referred to North Korea as a “Crazy” regime pointing out that it was North Korea who had attempted to build a nuclear instillation in Syria, which Israel had to destroy. He further called for steps “to stop and topple this crazy regime.” Foreign Minister Lieberman further questioned how the powers that be think they have any credible threat to stop Iran’s nuclear pursuits if they are powerless against aggression such as that perpetrated by North Korea. He is dead-on right that allowing this act by North Korea to stand without consequences simply announces to Iran that the rest of the world are nothing but paper tigers and their nuclear dreams have nothing to impede them.

Time will tell if the Israeli Foreign Minister is correct or not. Should this action of unprovoked, naked aggression by North Korea go without sanctions from United Nations, European Union, NATO, or other world body or individual nations, then it will have been proven that all the world’s institutions and the countries as well have all been neutered by passivity. Such lack of responsible action will leave the world at the mercies of those willing to boldly impose their will through force. Has the world learned so little from the past mistakes of passivity in the face of raw aggressions? Where are those who brave to stand against the thrusts of tyrants?

Beyond the Cusp

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