“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
North Korea is the Responsibility of China, Japan and South Korea
Let's face it, there would be no North Korean belligerence or threat of nuclear weapons without the role played by China in the region. Without Chinese economic support, Kim Jong-il would have disappeared years ago.
Without the criminal gang-related state of North Korea, there would be little reason or justification for US presence in the region. The South Koreans would have had us leave twenty years ago.
China allowed this sore to fester and at a minimum is guilty of benign neglect. North Korea is a problem for China, South Korea and Japan. Between the three of them they are holding $1.8 trillion in US debt. If they want us to solve the problem it is at least worth half of that, call it an even trillion. If they don't like the price, let them fix it themselves.