October 9, 2006, - 8:32 am
By Debbie Schlussel
If we had any guts and had any intention of sending North Korea’s Kim Jong Il a message, instead of empty “tough” talk, we would have shot its Taepodong-2 missiles down, back in June when we could see them and had the chance to do so.
I’ve said it before. I’m saying it again. From my June 21st column:
Then, there is North Korea. Competing with Ahmadinejad in the over-Viagra-ed department, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is test-launching long-range Taepodong-2 missiles capable of reaching the U.S.
So what do we do in response? Secretary Rice warns that the testing of such missiles would be a “provocative act.” Wrong. A Paris Hilton video is a “provocative act.” This is frightening–an act of war, infinitely more serious. Calling it a “provocative act” is not exactly boot-quake inspiring verbiage. It won’t do a thing. It certainly won’t stop North Korea from pursuing its missile practice.
We must shoot their missiles down to show them we mean business. There is no other way.
Ronald Reagan had it right. Peace through strength. Not through pillow talk. The world respected his tough behavior. The world laughs at our current wimpishness.
Israel had the right idea when, in 1981, it took out Iraq’s Osirak Nuclear Reactor. We should have taken a page from their playbook and shot the missiles down.
We didn’t. And we look weak. Because we are.
No guts. No glory. And no survival.
Speak Loudly & Carry A Toothpick.
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