“North Korea's "possible combination of nuclear weapons with missile development and testing" is unacceptable and requires "quick, strong action" by the Security Council”-- Kenzo Oshima, Japan U.N. Ambassador
What an extraordinary opportunity for a world leader to step up and just do something. N. Korea’s provocative 7 missile demonstration proved that they are not yet ready for challenging America but they must be reprimanded for escalating world tensions.
Japan thinks so. Japan said it is considering sanctions against N. Korea in a U.N. resolution that would condemn the communist nation's missile tests and call for a return to six-party talks on its nuclear program.
But unfortunately it's not that easy. The U.N. Security Council is comprised of 15 members. Five permanent members—China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States and it is comprised of Ten non permanent members –Argentina, Congo (Republic of), Denmark, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Peru, Qatar, Slovakia and United republic of Tanzania
Each Council member has one vote. Decisions on procedural matters are made by an affirmative vote of at least nine of the 15 members. Decisions on substantive matters require nine votes, including the concurring votes of all five permanent members. This is the rule of "great Power unanimity", often referred to as the "veto" power.
So China, France, Russia The U.K. and the U.S. All most agree on any affirmative vote of nine or the vote does not carry.
The thing is China and Russia are aligned with N. Korea and they have made it clear that they favor a weaker council statement without any threat of sanctions. So it's world politics as usual the U.N. is still incapable of doing anything.
No leadership! What do you think world opinion would be if the United States pointed a missile at N. Korea and said, “We're testing our missile systems capabilities just to make sure we can hit you if we choose?” You think China and Russia would have a problem with that?
So I went looking for some world leadership on the matter. The U.S. is so often criticized for not keeping world peace so I wanted to see just who is doing something to rein N. Korea in for the sake of world peace.
I went to the Council of Foriegn Relations site and found a report on N. Korea's missile launch but no answers on how to resolve the issue.
I then went to the U.N.'s site it told about their emergency meeting about N. Korea but the Security Council was unable to agree on what resolution to pass or what statement to issue.
I even went to the Hague's site and they didn't even mention N. Korea's missile launch. Aren't they suppose the be the international city and body for peace? You'd think that if someone was disturbing the peace the Hague would notice wouldn't you? But nothing, just how beautiful the Netherlands are and, Hey ya'll come visit!
If these august international world bodies don't have the answers or a plan to keep the peace and if they don't have a way to handle N. Korea may I suggest what I learned in Kindergaten?
Everything that I needed to know about getting along in the world I learned in Kindergaten. What I learned was:
1. Never point and launch your long-range Taepodong-2 missiles at another country
2. Never saber-rattle (that's threaten war) if your missiles are not capable of deploying
3. Never threaten retaliation if the U.N. considers sanctions against your country (sanctions are like time outs) for firing your missiles when you just demonstrated that you clearly don't have the capability to back up your threat.
4. Never show your complete ineptitude by firing 7 to 10 missiles and all of them fall into the Sea of Japan erasing all doubt about your incompetence as a political leader.
5. Never pick on a Country that even if it were engage in two simultaneous wars still could kick your country's ass with one hand tied behind it's back.
6. And never ever use missiles that are based on Scud technology which was provided to you by the former Soviet Union and Eqypt.
You would think that with all of the second guessing of President Bush's preemptive policy regarding Iraq some intelligent person/world leader would be able to solve the N. Korean provocation without any other missile launchings or threats of war.
So here it is, this is your opportunity to show just how it's done. Or... you can just admit that with all of the self-important world bodies that claim they are peace keepers no one has really figured out just how deal with the Kim Jong Il's of the world.
And if you can't keep the peace then somebody is going to have to fight for it whether you like it or not!
Or as any Kindergartener knows some people have to be hit back before they will leave you alone!