Yesterday’s Washington Times explained to us that the United States will not use force to inspect a North Korean ship suspected of carrying unauthorized weapons. According to the article:
“On Thursday, the communist regime organized a massive anti-American rally in Pyongyang, where some 100,000 participants vowed to “crush” the U.S. One senior speaker told the crowd that the North will respond to any sanctions or U.S. provocations with “an annihilating blow.””
This, evidently, is one of the reasons for deciding not to use force to inspect the ship. The other reason given was the fact that the UN resolution did not authroize the use of force.
To me, this is the equivalent of not disciplining your child when he does something wrong because he might throw a tantrum. Either the UN resolutions mean something or they don’t. If they don’t, why in the world are we supporting a multi-million dollar building in New York City (not to mention the unpaid parking tickets)? Either the UN is going to take a stand against the spread of nuclear weapons or it is not. Which is it?