The NY Times headlines today read: "Rice Asserts U.S. Plans No Attack on North Korea."
Well, what a relief! I mean just like S. Hussein, Kim Jong-il is no Nobel Peace candidate. In academese: he sucks.
If you don't understand my last sentence: do not quote me out of context, ye haters of honesty. I don't like Kim Jong-il. There it is.
But we will never hear in the NY Times or the London Telegraph,etc. that many people around the world actually fear the Bush regime's monopoly on weapons of mass destruction. It may, just maybe, occur to them that there's something lopsided and colonialist about the fear of brown, yellow, and black people with weapons of mass destruction, without at the same time denouncing such weapons as a threat to humanity itself and admitting that the West has a dubiously proud tradition of using its new weapons technologies to commit acts of genocide.
And that is not all. The headline provides a sickening entertainment drama frame: suspense. Will the heroic U.S. attack the villainous N. Korea? Not just yet. Stay tuned.
And still more: need I mention the moral and military failure of such "attacks" in recent history?
Dr. Strangelove comes in many flavors.
Addendum one day later: Yahoo headline of the moment is "Bush says U.S. won't attack North Korea." Yes, definitely rumor bombs being launched in desperation.