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    Norks learn Qaddafi’s lesson: Don’t give up nukes

    Norks learn Qaddafi’s lesson: Don’t give up nukes

    No one could have seen this coming. Via The Telegraph:

    Diplomatic efforts are under way to revive six-nation talks on the North’s nuclear disarmament. South Korea and the United States have held preparatory  discussions with the North since July.

    But Peter Hughes said senior officials there had told him that “if Colonel Kadhafi had not given up his nuclear weapons, then Nato would not have attacked his country”.

    (Don’t even think of playing the Nork Card on me.)

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    Norks? Whynot.. Nukors?

    This then cinches it, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee will award the prize to the “Arab Spring” because it has done so much to end the process of denuclearization.

    No one could have seen this coming.

    Similar considerations apply to the legalistic attacks on Pinochet in Europe and in Chile; the latter, iirc, explicitly violated the agreement under which he gave up power.

    The next time it’s more convenient to buy out the rulers of a thugocracy than to topple them, the thugs will remember what happened to Pinochet.


     
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    BannedbytheGuardian | September 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    gs – Pinochet did not exactly give Allende any nice legal agreements. A bullet in the head more likely & a massive torture machine set up for his supporters.

    I distinctly remember thousands being rounded up into a stadium -but no football for them. The popular folk singer/guitarist Victor Jara was dragged on stage whereby they broke his hands Then murdered him.

    Pinochet got off very lightly. I still find it hard to look at my Victor Jara Lp.

    But Ghaddafi & Pinochet do have some things in common . they improved the economy even if a bit top down.

      Pinochet got off very lightly.

      Whether or not that’s the case, it’s not material to my point.

      My sympathies for your continuing distress, but I’m talking about future statecraft. I’m talking about acceding to a degree of injustice in order to preserve blood and treasure that can ill be spent. (And I’m certainly not saying that every ruling thug should be offered a buyout; I’m saying that the treatment of Pinochet makes a buyout offer less credible even if, all things considered, it is in the national interest.)

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