Columns / Discourse / April 17, 2013

Debating Columnists: Patience is a virtue

Intelligence reports. Despots. Threatened allies. Military armament.

That’s the latest we know from the North Korean conflict. It seems like many recent American military conflicts follow this exact sequence of events. Just remember 10 years ago in the case of Iraq.

Yellowcake. Saddam Hussein. Israel. Military invasion.

The crisis of Iraq unravelled with the U.S. intelligence report that contended that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We are all quite aware how that turned out. There were no weapons of mass destruction and the U.S. invaded a country that was of no national security threat. Many lives were lost and many of our bravest continue to be in danger.

Tune into the latest North Korean news. The U.S. intelligence community just informed the international community that North

Korea has the ability to manufacture nuclear missiles. North Korea has the ability to attach nuclear material to military missiles.
This puts the U.S. in a very pesky situation. Kim Jong-Un is definitely a demented tyrant that has complete disregard for the public good of his own people. He only wants to gain fame through his dangerous shenanigans. The scary thing is that he has the state of mind to trigger a nuclear war.

As Commander in Chief, how is President Obama supposed to act?

First off, this adds to the president’s plate. He has many issues going on in this country and I commend him for taking the appropriate set of actions. He is cautious instead of provocative.

He deployed ships to shoot down any kind of North Korean missile. This is a prudent reversal on his anti-ballistic missile stance which he opposed in Poland. The concern is whether this course of action will stop the North Korean leader.

Diplomacy should be on the table as well. There is a clear difference in diplomacy between giving in to an opponent’s demands and preventing a full blown war. Remember Reagan? President Reagan negotiated with Mikhali Gorbachev and ultimately defeated communism with many other leaders like Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II and Baroness Margaret Thatcher. No nukes were launched and the war ended.

Obama should conduct a peace through strength approach. The U.S. should put pressure on North Korea by working closely with both China and Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry is doing just that. The concern is that both countries are not acting as swiftly as the international community would like them to. They both voted against North Korea in the United Nations by applying sanctions, but both countries have the ultimate power to put additional pressure and tear down the North Korean economy. If their actions are so successful, why are we still talking about North Korea?

The U.S. needs to be clear. Obama needs to be public about China’s contribution to North Korea. China funnels $6 billion into the North Korean economy. China holds the North Korean economy. Obama should bring countries like South Korea and Japan together in order to supplement China’s economic contribution to North Korea in order to hinder its relationship with North Korea. These countries need to trade more with China to take North Korea out of the economic equation.

The Obama administration is performing well. The situation is still developing and requires a lot of patience. The North Korean crisis will be solved not through military intervention but economic obliteration. Once Kim Jong Un’s economy collapses, his revenue will follow and his military will crumble.

That’s key. Let’s use our massive economic standing to our advantage and force the leader to resign.

Alex Uzarowicz
Alex Uzarowicz has been a weekly conservative political columnist for The Knox Student for three years. He also writes for The College Conservative. Alex will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in political science, after which he will head abroad to begin his Peace Corps service.

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