People in the darkened streets of North Korea have been celebrating. Protests have been held in the lighted streets of South Korea. Over the north's underground testing of a nuclear bomb. And, this morning, the test firing of two more missiles. In open defiance of international pressure and condemnation.
This morning on CNN Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the UN Security Council had met Monday and will come together again to put together "a resolution with teeth" for North Korea. The question almost is, why bother?
Pyongyang has indicated that it is not willing to pay attention much less comply with previous UN resolutions. Its promises to the past two U.S. administrations to stand down on its nuclear program have proven to lack veracity. What possibly could both entice and, more importantly, assure, future agreement and compliance with any demands to stop?
Unlike its neighbor to the south, North Korea is an impoverished nation, one which can't even provide electricity to all of its inhabitants. Possession of The Bomb - and defiance of international condemnation - gives an otherwise pitiful nation a much needed feeling of self worth. They may not have much, but they have nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them. So they are just like the big boys on the block. They can and will demand respect. Let the world come to us, seems to be the message in the north. Let them treat us with respect. Respect we wouldn't have if we didn't have The Bomb.
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