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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A quick question about North Korea

North Korea is threatening South Korea with nuclear annihilation. If the United States or some other power were to pre-emptively attack North Korea, or were to threaten to attack North Korea if it attacks South Korea, do you think anyone would object? Do you believe that the United States would threaten to attack or attack North Korea? If you say, "no because of Obama," do you believe the answer would change with a Republican in office.

Now, substitute Iran for North Korea and Israel for South Korea. Do any of your answers change? Why or why not?

Is there a double standard? (Of course there is).

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At 2:37 PM, Blogger B said...

Yeah there is a difference because Iran never threatened to nuke Israel and there is no evidence that Iran has nuclear weapons. While the Israelis proudly proclaim the "Samson Option" as being on the table as a deterrent. If Israel has security concerns, then why not Iran?

Double standards indeed with America making a fuss about Iran, but not about Israel having nuclear weapons.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Michael Scharf said...

Would the US strike Iran in order to protect Israel, no. Would the US ever "let" Israel protect itself from nuclear annihilation? No, we have seen proof of that with Lebanon. Would the US stop Israel, no I don't think so.

The US has some 35K troops in South Korea acting as a trigger for US involvement. The US has no troops in Israel. But with Obama in the White House, I'm not sure if we would keep these troops in SK if war looked eminent.

As to a Republican in the White House making a difference, I'm not sure. It depends more on the person and less on the tag.


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