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on N-Korea from Henry Sokoloski

"Paying extortion, as we did for these pledges, by endorsing Pyongyang's "safeguarded" nuclear program in l985, withdrawing our tactical nuclear weapons from South Korea in l991, and offering Pyongyang advanced U.S.-designed reactors, diplomatic normalization, and hundreds of millions of dollars of fuel oil and food aid in l994 and l998, may well have been diplomatically expedient. But whenever you rush into blackmail, pay too much for it, do it too long, glorify it, or willfully ignore that you are failing to fend off what you are paying to prevent, then, it becomes a terrible (and an-all-too-addictive) mistake. Certainly, Congress needs to be vigilant lest our diplomats "misengage" again"

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-sokolski102402.asp

Once having given in to blackmail one has to do it again and again.
It is time western politics change, away from "realpolitik" to politics with regard to reason, resolve and principle.

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It is time western politics change, away from "realpolitik" to politics with regard to reason, resolve and principle.

I don't know what "realpolitik" means, but I agree that we should move away from expediency and "internationalism" and towards reason, resolve, and principle. And put a bit of stick about.

-Bruce
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