Friday, October 18, 2002
Crow for Kristof: While scanning through some recent columns by Nicholas Kristof on Iraq, I came across this one from October 11 that mentions North Korea.
In 1994 the vogue threat changed, and hawks pressed hard for a military confrontation with North Korea. We came within an inch of going to war with North Korea, in a conflict that a Pentagon study found would have killed a million people, including up to 100,000 Americans.
In retrospect, it is clear that the hawks were wrong about confronting North Korea. Containment and deterrence so far have worked instead, kind of, just as they have kind-of worked to restrain Iraq over the last 11 years, and we saved thousands of lives by pressing diplomatic solutions.
Yeah, it's obvious now that North Korea has admitted to its nuclear program and says it has "even more powerful" weapons, that containment has worked.
Mr. Kristof, can we expect an admission of error?