Friday, March 29, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- News Updates March 29, 2013

Command and control: the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. There is a risk that an apocalyptic war with South Korea is the logical end result of the North's bizarre ideology Photo: Reuters

The Korean Threat -- Telegraph editorial

No matter how ridiculous the North Korean regime might appear, the West cannot ignore its constant threats and insults.

The mindset of North Korea’s Stalinist leadership is difficult to fathom. Even though the dictatorship is isolated and bankrupt, it invites war by taunting its South Korean neighbour and threatening to attack United States bases in the Pacific. These could be empty words. Kim Jong-un’s regime has to deal with economic failure, defecting soldiers and an uncertain division of power between the military and the party – so this latest confrontation may be a rational attempt to shore up support at home by rattling a sabre at the enemy abroad.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Could a Korean Armageddon really happen?
-- Aidan Foster-Carter, The Guardian

Why North Korea regime is scary -- Scott A. Snyder, Special to CNN

Analysis: NKorea threat may be more bark than bite -- Jean H. Lee, AP

Iraq may be destined for a break-up -- Henri J. Barkey, Gulf News

How Obama Is Failing Syria -- Fouad Ajami, Real Clear Politics

Israel and Turkey let bygones be bygones -- Washington Post editorial

How Turkey views Israel’s apology
-- Aylin Kocaman, Jerusalem Post

What really happened in Jerusalem -- Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Iranian-Pakistan gas link has gains in pipeline for Zardari and Ahmadinejad -- Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

The Falklands: Small Islands, Big Questions -- William Ratliff, Real Clear Politics

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