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The barking dog, the paper tiger and a nuclear North Korea

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Today's World has an unofficial super-cop, which is paying its price for over aggressiveness in policing global affairs lately. In doing so, it didn't even hesitate to bypass the paper tiger in its Iraq adventures.

It's another matter that the adventures have lately been the case of acute misadventures.

The super-cop pays the price of its over-aggressiveness over the inaction and incapability of the paper tiger. The UN makes one inevitably ask about its true status.

In one extreme we have the super-cop, the US, happy to bomb any, without considering the context or the consequences; and in other extreme we have the UN which increasingly looks like the podium of oratory competition for the old and the aged.

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The power equation of our world has been on a constant shift, like the tectonic plates deep inside the ground. Against many who felt the power equation may take another 20 odd years to find a match of USA from present unipolar world, the unexpected should always be expected amidst the present fluid affairs of the geo-political world.

Samuel P Huntington, author of Clash of Civilization stated that civilization is not murdered; they commit suicide, hara-kiri.

It's surprising that ideas initially seeming to be mere hypothesis or science fictions get so relevant so soon in realities.

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A look back at the events of last week show the "effectiveness" of the USA, the self-proclaimed super-cop; and the UN, the official watchdog of global affairs. They both watched the high-suspense drama of nuclearization of North Korea from the gallery.

There had been a lot of noise, expectedly, in between the announcement of last week and the test of yesterday – starting from the US-- that it won't tolerate a nuclear North Korea; to some unsought advice that Pyongyang would have to choose between having nuclear weapons and having a future; to global discouragements by UN in various forms of urges and warnings and what not.

And then there were two of the P-5s of the UN Security Council based in the region itself. Overtly, the press stated their equivocal concern and urged North Korea not to carry out the test.

Results matter more than words – and the result shows North Korea did not care a damn about global opinion.


The test was the culmination of years of covert and overt nuclear program in Pyongyang to get hold of nuclear power.

North Korea under Kim Jong-il stated its intention to test nuclear weapons, it kept the promise.

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The rest of the world made their wishes known in public – they effectively failed in implementing them.

Expectedly again, the so far ineffective noises of global powers continued post the test. The super-cop having bitten too much too often replaced already used words like 'won't tolerate' to 'unacceptable' as if its usage of words and wishes would change the history. More sanctions are expected – as that's what the global super-cop believes in as the starting point of a well-standardized two-step solution for any global problem-- fire the economic missile first and if it fails, use the B-2 bombers.

As sanctions failed anywhere and everywhere (against proliferation too) and USA continued living in its past glory of economic super-power status forgetting the fact that it itself is living on borrowed money, the 2nd step of the solution – that of bombing followed inevitably.

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