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    • On Libya, as an ahistorical justification for North Korea’s nukes
      JOHN BOLTON LIKES THE LIBYA MODEL OF NORTH KOREA’S DISARMAMENT, KIM JONG-UN HATES IT, and Donald Trump is backing away from it. Nonproliferation experts, who at times seem to have embraced the defense of Kim Jong-un’s inalienable right to nukes as their own cause, hate it just as much as Kim Jong-un does. Many of them are fond of citing the 2011 Libyan Civil War as a justification for North Korea retaining a nuclear arsenal. The argument goes like this: Qaddafi gave up his nukes. Then, as his forces approached Benghazi with blood in their eyes, we bombed those forces ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-18By Joshua
    • Then they came for the defectors, but I said nothing: Why the UNHCR must investigate the Ningpo 13 case
      Here Squealer’s demeanour suddenly changed. He fell silent for a moment, and his little eyes darted suspicious glances from side to side before he proceeded. It had come to his knowledge, he said, that a foolish and wicked rumour had been circulated at the time of Boxer’s removal. Some of the animals had noticed that the van which took Boxer away was marked “Horse Slaughterer,” and had actually jumped to the conclusion that Boxer was being sent to the knacker’s. It was almost unbelievable, said Squealer, that any animal could be so stupid. Surely, he cried indignantly, whisking his ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-14By Joshua
    • Then they came for the defectors, but I said nothing: Why the UNHCR must investigate the Ningpo 13 case
      Here Squealer’s demeanour suddenly changed. He fell silent for a moment, and his little eyes darted suspicious glances from side to side before he proceeded. It had come to his knowledge, he said, that a foolish and wicked rumour had been circulated at the time of Boxer’s removal. Some of the animals had noticed that the van which took Boxer away was marked “Horse Slaughterer,” and had actually jumped to the conclusion that Boxer was being sent to the knacker’s. It was almost unbelievable, said Squealer, that any animal could be so stupid. Surely, he cried indignantly, whisking his ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-14By Joshua
    • Technical issues fixed … I hope?
      As you can see, I installed a new template. Let me know if you’re still having problems. If not, hopefully, we have a fix. Thanks again for your patience. ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-11By Joshua
    • Alternate link for yesterday’s post
      Sorry for the trouble some of you are still having. While I work with my hosting service, try this link instead: To save Korea’s democracy, withdraw its American security blanket Thanks to a reader for the suggestion. ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-10By Joshua
    • To save Korea’s democracy, withdraw its American security blanket
      “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” – Samuel Johnson Most Korea-watchers will view the recent hints from both Seoul and Washington about a U.S. withdrawal with alarm, and as a grave risk to the security of both Korea and Japan. Indeed, it’s one more development that’s consistent with my hypothesis that Pyongyang means to coerce and cajole Seoul into submission, first by lowering the South’s defenses, and later by ruling it through an inter-Korean confederation that it will use to suppress dissent, neutralize ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-09By Joshua
    • To save Korea’s democracy, withdraw its American security blanket
      “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” – Samuel Johnson Most Korea-watchers will view the recent hints from both Seoul and Washington about a U.S. withdrawal with alarm, and as a grave risk to the security of both Korea and Japan. Indeed, it’s one more development that’s consistent with my hypothesis that Pyongyang means to coerce and cajole Seoul into submission, first by lowering the South’s defenses, and later by ruling it through an inter-Korean confederation that it will use to suppress dissent, neutralize ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-09By Joshua
    • Moon Chung-in throws U.S. Forces Korea out the Overton Window (Update: & so does Trump)
      A PATTERN WE’VE SEEN REPEATED OVER THE LAST YEAR goes roughly as follows: First, Moon Chung-in, the left-wing South Korean President’s crazy old uncle[^1] shouts something wacky from his attic when the Americans are within earshot. The Americans wince and pretend they didn’t hear. President Moon Jae-in and his cabinet walk the wacky remark back and gently hush the crazy old uncle. But once Moon Chung-in has defenestrated the wacky idea out of his attic’s Overton Window, the hard-left base loots it, and its goon squads make it a fact on the ground while the forces of “law and order” abstain ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-08By Joshua
    • Moon Chung-in throws U.S. Forces Korea out the Overton Window
      A PATTERN WE’VE SEEN REPEATED OVER THE LAST YEAR goes roughly as follows: First, Moon Chung-in, the left-wing South Korean President’s crazy old uncle1)Not really his relative at all, and not really crazy, either, but his long-time mentor, confidant, and lodestar shouts something wacky from his attic when the Americans are within earshot. The Americans wince and pretend they didn’t hear. President Moon Jae-in and his cabinet walk the wacky remark back and gently hush the crazy old uncle. But once Moon Chung-in has defenestrated the wacky idea out of his attic’s Overton Window, the hard-left base loots it, and its ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-08By Joshua
    • Guest Post: Irrational Exuberance Redux: North Korea and its nuclear weapons, goals, and intentions
      [The following guest post is submitted by Dr. Tara O, the author of this book, and whose bio you can read here.] Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve Board Chairman, called the overvaluation of the dot-com market “irrational exuberance” in 1996. The term was used again to describe the housing bubble of 2004 through 2007 by Yale Professor Robert Schiller. Now, here is another situation ripe for the term—the expectation that Kim Jong-un will give up his nuclear weapons. This irrational exuberance is a bubble that also is likely to burst. The headlines read: “North Korea willing to accept ‘complete denuclearization’ ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-03By Joshua
    • Guest Post: Irrational Exuberance Redux: North Korea and its nuclear weapons, goals, and intentions
      [The following guest post is submitted by Dr. Tara O, the author of this book, and whose bio you can read here.] Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve Board Chairman, called the overvaluation of the dot-com market “irrational exuberance” in 1996. The term was used again to describe the housing bubble of 2004 through 2007 by Yale Professor Robert Schiller. Now, here is another situation ripe for the term—the expectation that Kim Jong-un will give up his nuclear weapons. This irrational exuberance is a bubble that also is likely to burst. The headlines read: “North Korea willing to accept ‘complete denuclearization’ ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-03By Joshua
    • North Korean Freedom Week is the next test for free speech in “free” Korea
      A FEW OF US WILL ALWAYS STUBBORNLY INSIST THAT WE DISREGARD THE LIVES AND DIGNITY of North Korea’s oppressed people at our own peril. We argue that there can be no verified disarmament of a North Korea that remains a closed society, no security in its promises as long as it mendaciously denies the existence of its prison camps, no lasting peace as long as it holds human life in contempt, no reunification between a liberal democracy and a tyranny that holds free speech and thought in contempt, and no coexistence with a regime that would impose its own regime ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-02By Joshua
    • North Korean Freedom Week is the next test for free speech in “free” Korea
      A FEW OF US WILL ALWAYS STUBBORNLY INSIST THAT WE DISREGARD THE LIVES AND DIGNITY of North Korea’s oppressed people at our own peril. We argue that there can be no verified disarmament of a North Korea that remains a closed society, no security in its promises as long as it mendaciously denies the existence of its prison camps, no lasting peace as long as it holds human life in contempt, no reunification between a liberal democracy and a tyranny that holds free speech and thought in contempt, and no coexistence with a regime that would impose its own regime ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-05-02By Joshua
    • Moon Jae-in just put Seoul on a collision course with U.S. & U.N. sanctions (updated)
      THE ONE INVIOLABLE RULE OF INTER-KOREAN SUMMITS IS THAT THERE IS ALWAYS A SCANDAL sooner or later. Kim Dae-jung’s summit with Kim Jong-il in 2000 resulted in a Nobel Peace Prize, eight indictments, six convictions, and a bunch of suspended prison sentences for an illegal payment of $500 million to North Korea. Otherwise, it did not disarm North Korea and did not produce a lasting reduction of tensions.((Previously said $500,000. Since corrected.)) Roh Moo-hyun’s 2007 summit with Kim Jong-il also failed to disarm or pacify North Korea, but resulted in the criminal indictment and subsequent acquittal ((Correction: In a previous version ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-04-30By Joshua
    • Moon Jae-in just put Seoul on a collision course with the U.S. & U.N. sanctions
      THE ONE INVIOLABLE RULE OF INTER-KOREAN SUMMITS IS THAT THERE IS ALWAYS A SCANDAL sooner or later. Kim Dae-jung’s summit with Kim Jong-il in 2000 resulted in a Nobel Peace Prize, eight indictments, six convictions, and a bunch of suspended prison sentences for an illegal payment of $500,000 to North Korea. Otherwise, it did not disarm North Korea and did not produce a lasting reduction of tensions. Roh Moo-hyun’s 2007 summit with Kim Jong-il also failed to disarm or pacify North Korea, but resulted in the criminal conviction of Cho Myoung-gun (who is now the Unification Minister) for destroying the transcript, ... read more
      Source: Free KoreaPublished on 2018-04-30By Joshua