My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


M.A.D., Far-East Style

As in "Mutually Assured Destruction."

Japan said Monday it was considering whether a pre-emptive strike on North Korea's missile bases would violate its constitution, signaling a hardening stance ahead of a possible U.N. Security Council vote on Tokyo's proposal for sanctions against the regime.

If any country has a greater interest in reining in the madman of PyongYang than the U.S., it would be Japan. After all, of the seven test missiles which fluttered harmlessly into the sea last week, about seven of them were both on their way to Japanese airspace and had Japan in their range.

I have heard it said many times in the last few weeks that Japan has about as much plutonium on hand as any country in the world, and could, conceivably, go nuclear in a relatively short amount of time. That, alone, may be enough to get things moving in the six-party talks and at the U.N. If there's one thing China does not want, it would be a thriving democracy forced to arm itself to defend itself just one short boat ride away from the mainland.

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