Kim, returning to military optics, turns up heat


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Election time! Bring out angry Kim-chan!

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Interesting Economist article on regional threats and Japan's re-militarization: cid1=cust/dailypicks/n/bl/n/20190418n/owned/n/n/dailypicks/n/n/AP/229644/n

Abe and Co seem not to realize that they have already lost the broader battles in this war: economic strength and the ability to project political and economic power, even as they change Japan's defense posture to that of an aggressor rather than a defender by purchasing more US-made weaposns systems.

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Kim is presenting a fait accompli. While trying to keep him from exporting missiles and nuclear weapons makes a lot of sense, he is smart enough to know that having those weapon systems works as an insurance policy to prevent him from going the way of Gadafi and Saddam Hussein. As for the economic sanctions, I do not see the point in making the citizenry of a country suffer for the deeds of its dictator, unless the sanctions are specifically targeted to hurt the dictator or oligarchs. It is fine to try to make Kim, Putin, and their accomplices suffer financially, but the people should not be made to go hungry because of actions by the West.

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