What now for North Korea?

December 19, 2011

North Koreans are going to convert en masse to a moderate form of Islam, earning them great respect in the Western media, which will garner them billions in foreign aid. They will use this aid to wage a great debate within Islam, ultimately defeating the immoderate Salafists, thereby helping to avoid World War III.

Oh wait, that’s what Nicholas Kristof is thinking.

I suspect there will be some random bellicosity thrown around. You may recall they shelled a South Korean outpost some time ago, killing two. This guy was reported to have ordered the attack. I suspected at the time this was to shore up his credentials as a someone who could get away with attacking the West. He’ll probably have to do something like that again to demonstrate his durability as a leader and to consolidate his power. A few years ago they tested one of their missiles by lobbing it over Japan. Something like that might do the trick.


Christopher Hitchens

December 16, 2011

This story was linked to by a guy at the Weekly Standard, calling it one thing you should read by Christopher Hitchens today.
I think you’d like to read or re-read it, whichever the case may be:
It’s one of the most moving things I’ve read in quite a while.

Christine Todd Whitman to Jon Huntsman: Run third party