|The leaders of the DPRK are not exactly known for being brilliant, and "Dear Leader" Kim, the head honcho, proves this point perfectly. While Millions of North Koreans are starving or freezing, NK decides to re-start its Nuclear program , and thus forfeit food and fuel aid that will keep its people alive. This begs the point, what is Kim up to? Is he trying to force some concessions out of the US and South Korea? This seems to be a dangerous gamble on his part.If the famine gets any worse there, the country may fall apart.
And so the question is: Will North Korea bow to UN and US pressure, and halt its Nuclear Programs re-start? Or will it plow ahead, risking famine, national collapse and/or US airstrikes?
Question 2: If the North continues with its Program, how will President Bush respond? Will he authorize airstrikes against North Korean Nuclear facilities? My gut, and history, says yes. He will brave the fallout and expend political capital in order to get rid of a major menace the South Korea and the US. He will likely get as much support from other countries and the UN as he can, but will do it anyway, but this could be a couple of months from now. I don't see foreign resistance to this being very strong, Russia isn't really in the postition to help NK out if it wants to attack the South, and China wouldn't want to jeapordize trade relations with the rest of the world. So i see the North getting very angry, and getting some new holes in some concrete buildings in a time-span as short as a couple of weeks to as long as a couple of months.