Kim Jong Il: Now you see, the new world is inevitable.
Lisa: It’s what?
Kim Jong Il: Inevit – inevitable.
Lisa: One more time?
Kim Jong Il: Inevitable! Things are inevitably going to change! Goddamnit, open your fuckin’ ears!
North Korea has just performed a nuclear test. Or have they? Whatever the case, a leader who spends precious resources on weapons and one of the largest standing armies in the world, while almost a third of his countrymen starve (Wikipedia: 22% are estimated to be malnourished; up to 3.5 million died in the 1990s due to famine) is clearly nuts.
So you are George Bush and you were going to invade a country no matter how badly it’s gonna mess up the world’s balance. You have two choices. You have one dictator in Iraq whom you are not sure if he has WMDs or not. You have another dictator in North Korea whom you know for certain was developing nuclear weapons and whom by all accounts seem more unhinged than the one in Iraq and who was openly waving his dick around in your face. Who do you go after first?
Spottswoode: Team, this is all my fault. I was overzealous in Cairo. I let racism cloud my judgment. I was so sure the ultimate terrorist was Middle Eastern, but I didn’t realize he was a goddamn Gook. I’ll never be a racist again.
I would have thought the answer was obvious. Not that an invasion of North Korea would have necessarily made the world a safer place. The alternative is for China to do something, anything. It is the only country left in the world with any kind of influence over North Korea. But how do you deal with a violent madman without resorting to violence yourself?