That North Korea's regime is vile and murduerous is beyond question...until not so long ago though, South Korea had a repressive regime of its own in charge...
Assuming Iraq goes 'well', according to US plans, the conflict will last only a matter of weeks, but will leave a couple of hundred thousand men in Iraq, for years to come in order to 'influence' the region.
Korea is in a different league to Iraq...it has a million strong army, much of it, half an hour away from the South Korean capital...at the first sign of a gathering US Army., it would invade and take the capital in a couple of days...
Remembering Vietnam...do you think even the USA could win such a war? Without going nuclear...which would kill millions and defeat the object.
Some say N.Korea has nuclear weapons already, what then?
I don't think we have any option other than to talk, to engage, to hope that the sunshine policy of the south can bear fruit...we can't have a war of liberation where half the country are likely to be killed, or all of Korea left a nuclear wasteland.
Bear in mind, the people of the South are not fond of Bush's clumsy moves in the region, they see him as as great a threat as the North.
Even, in the most optimitic of scenario's, the USA somehow won such a war quickly, without nuclear weapons...whose next? Iran?
The US/UK positions on Iran are completely different...the US putting it in the Axis of Evil, Britian trying to engage on a positive basis with them...Blair even met a high ranking Iranian offical, for cordial talks the other day...
Have to say though i-girl, even though we are on different sides on this (and perhaps other things.
)I have great respect for your opinions, your willingness to say what you believe, popular or not.