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The Chinese Olympics and Humiliation

The Chinese Olympics and Humiliation

For China the Olympics are a demonstration of the ascendancy of the host nation -from historic international humiliation “to the gate of greatness.” The Chinese investment was enormous, $40 billion, 10 times the amount spent by any country in previous Olympics. Large sections of Beijing were refitted; enormous efforts tried to control and minimize pollution; the city was beautified in its buildings and public art; every effort was made to make housing and accommodations and entertainment pleasant for foreign guests….

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Take the Nuclear Option Off The Table

Take the Nuclear Option Off The Table

When American officials, generals, and politicians are asked about relations with Iran and North Korea, too often they reply threateningly, “No military option is off the table.” That is an implicit threat to use nuclear weapons and a violation of The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. One of the politicians making such a statement is Senator Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for President. In a recent national security speech, he declared “We must never take the military option off…

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U.S. Threat Helped Inspire North Korean Nuclear Urge

U.S. Threat Helped Inspire North Korean Nuclear Urge

In his May 7 editorial-page commentary “Blame America First,” Stephen Rademaker writes that North Korea’s “pursuit of nuclear weapons appears to stem from Kim Jong Il’s hunger for prestige and power. He claims that their reasons have nothing to do with Washington’s nuclear policy, but in fact they do, and the roots go back more than 50 years. During the Korean War (1950-1953) the U.S. threatened several times to use nuclear weapons against the North. After the armistice, U.S. military…

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Outside Pressures Snapped Korean Deadlock

Outside Pressures Snapped Korean Deadlock

NY Times 2/13/07 by David Sanger “…For Mr. Kim, the nuclear explosion – more of a fizzle – that he set off in the mountains not far from the Chinese border in October turned out to be a strategic mistake. The Chinese, who spent six decades protecting the Kim family dynasty, responded by cutting off his military aid, and helping Washington crack down on the banks that financed the Cognac-and-Mercedes lifestyle of the North Korean leadership. ‘As a political statement,…

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