North Korea

In another show of their great strength, North Korea is now demanding that Japan remove it’s sanctions. Here’s the story.

“Japan is translating its criticism against us into action,” Kyodo news agency quoted Song Il-ho, North Korea’s ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalisation talks with Japan, as telling Japanese reporters in Pyongyang.
“This may force us to take stronger physical actions,” as a response, he said. Asked what the steps may be, he said, “I leave that to your imagination,” Kyodo reported.

So – in my imagination, N. Korea decides to lob a missile at Japan.
And in my imagination, Japan has one of those very cool antimissile missiles. Then what happens?
In my imagination, Song Il-Ho stomps his foot and says, “No fair!” and insists on unilateral talks with the US.
In my imagination, it’s 2008 and Kerry won the presidency, so he says “blah, blah, I blah, my blah talks, diplomacy, blah, blah, blah I blah, blah, I blah, blah and with my, blah, blah………..” (You get the picture.)
Then Song Il says, “OK”. And the next thing you know the whole game starts over again.

Did I say imagination? I meant in my nightmares.

Gaza and the UN

Here’s to John Bolton!

In New York, the UN Security Council has debated a draft resolution demanding an immediate Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and the release of detained Palestinian officials.

The draft was presented by Qatar on behalf of the UN’s Arab Group, but appears doomed in view of opposition from the US, which has the power of veto.

The draft does not mention the Palestinian rocket attacks or Cpl Shalit’s capture, and the US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, said the document was “not balanced”.

Looking for “man on the street” quotes, the BBC found this one.

Why do thousands of Palestinians have to suffer death, destruction, lack of water, and electricity for the fate of one Israeli soldier?
Omar, Washington DC

Me, me, pick me, I know…..
Because the Palestinians are the people who voted in the people who have kidnapped the one Israeli soldier. That was too easy. Ask another one.