What are North Koreans Doing in Iran? (COMMENTARY MAGAZINE) Michael Rubin 04/27/12)
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President George W. Bush was widely—and unfairly—castigated for
referring to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as “The Axis of Evil.”
Academics denied that such diverse countries could cooperate, while
diplomats condemned Bush for saying such mean things about Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei or Dear Leader Kim Jong-il. In hindsight, of course,
Bush was right. The only legitimate criticism of the Axis of Evil was
that he defined it too narrowly: Certainly, there might have been
room for Venezuelan despot Hugo Chavez and Sudan’s murderous dictator
Omar Al-Bashir, among others.
Blogger Challah Hu Akbar, whom I do not know personally but whose
blog I always find interesting, has done some important analysis of
Iranian media pictures and asks just what North Korean military
officers are doing in Iran?
Somehow, I doubt they are teaching the Iranians about effective
agriculture or the service industry. They are probably not exporting
heavy fuel oil. Nor are they the world’s go-to guys for domestic
energy generation. Fatwa or no fatwa, the remaining explanations
don’t look good. Perhaps its time for the Obama administration to
recognize what the Iranians say openly: Negotiations are a ruse, and
it’s full steam ahead on their nuclear program.
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