It’s incredible how no one learns from history. Everyone knows the story of Neville Chamberlain and Hitler. And everyone knows the North Koreans have always offered “hope” and “negotiations” to buy time to build nuclear weapons. The Soviets too were specialists at pretending to be our friends while oppressing Eastern Europe, invading Afghanistan, and seeking to spread communism throughout the world.
It seems even those who know history are condemned to repeat it.
That’s what I’ve been thinking as I watch South Korea’s grateful President Moon Jae-In fall for Kim Jong-Un’s “outreach” nonsense. The potbellied North Korean tyrant is deftly playing his supposedly more sophisticated South Korean counterpart by successfully offering to make the Winter Olympics in South Korea a massive Kumbaya moment.
All at the very moment Kim is about to get attacked, potentially, by the United States. He needs a little more time to perfect a weapon that can land on Boston, and he might just get it.
From the New York Times:
North and South Korea reached an agreement Wednesday for their athletes to march together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month, a powerful gesture of reconciliation that further complicates President Trump’s strategy for dealing with the nuclear-armed regime of Kim Jong-un.
South Korea, the host of the games, said it hoped a partnership in sports could contribute to a political thaw after years of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula. It came even as the prospect of war over the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests has loomed large.
For the White House, however, the budding détente scrambles its strategy of pressuring the North, with sanctions and threats of military action, to give up its nuclear arsenal. This latest gesture of unity, the most dramatic in a decade, could add to fears in Washington that Pyongyang is making progress on a more far-reaching agenda.
We have dithered for years on North Korea, making the problem much worse. Bill Clinton nearly launched an attack, supposedly, until that other genius, Jimmy Carter, ran over to Pyongyang and negotiated peace in our time with Kim Jong-un’s grandfather. Now it’s Moon’s turn to indulge his own gullibility.
Trump understands people like Kim. He won’t be fooled. He just needs to make sure we don’t run out of time while others are played for fools.