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But South Korea has been reluctant to be anything other than an observer to the PSI, for fear of antagonising its northern neighbour and compromising its policy of engagement with Pyongyang.
It also shares the same fear as China that any attempt to forcibly board a North Korean ship at sea could spark a military clash that may even lead to war.
Analysts say that, as well as the fear of an armed confrontation with North Korea, China is concerned the US may abuse its naval power if the searches are allowed to go ahead.
posted by Columbus
The only sure way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.
Prisoners are provided just enough food to be kept perpetually on the verge of starvation. They are compelled by their hunger to eat, if they can get away with it, the food of the labor-camp farm animals, as well as plants, grasses, bark, rats, snakes and anything remotely edible. In committing such desperate acts driven by acute hunger the prisoners simultaneously incur the extreme risk of being detected by an angry security guard and subjected to a brutal, on-the-spot execution.
columbus the dove
You must understand all of it. North Korea can't be allowed to fight it's way down.
It seems that the level of government force in North Korea is an effort to keep the country from collapsing.
When someone wants to go down fighting, it's been my experience that you either fight 'em or get out of their way.
That's all fine and dandy, but what do you do when your enemy is the one with the black and white fallacy?
North Korea says give us food and energy or we threaten our neighbors. There isn't a `come in peacefully` option there either.
posted by columbus
I'm trying to show that there is always a third option.
posted by WestPoint23
Uhh... was the above post as confusing for others as it was for me?
I think Surrender on the part of the US is the main theme though.
Anyway, direct negotiations is the last thing we need to do, you do not reward violent behavior unless you are prepared to deal with such action again and again in the future.