- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The commander of the U.S. Northern Command, Gen. Victor Renuart, says he thinks North Korea’s missiles do not pose a real threat to America because he could shoot down any of them before they “caused huge damage to any U.S. territory” (“U.S. ‘ready’ for N. Korean missile,” Page 1, Thursday).

Does he not think a North Korean nuclear attack on Japan or South Korea would pose a real threat to the United States? Is he not aware that a pre-emptive strike by the Japanese or South Koreans could easily drag America into a war that most certainly would seriously threaten it? Doesn’t he realize that President Obama’s policies have put either scenario squarely within the realm of possibility?

North Korea’s nuclear program must be eliminated immediately. If it isn’t, Pyongyang soon will have the ability to use nuclear weapons against the United States and its allies, which it undoubtedly would do. Sanctions, multilateral talks, United Nations censures, threats of various kinds, huge amounts of aid and rhetoric - all these things have failed to stop North Korea from continuing its activities, and they show no sign of succeeding in the future. Unilateral American action is the only route left. Mr. Obama needs to understand this and act accordingly — now. Not doing so will have enormous consequences for all of us.

JERRY PHILIPSON

Comox, British Columbia

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