The Corner

Dear Leader in Hiding

Today’s New York Times reports that North Korean president, Kim Jong Il, has not been seen in public in 46 days. South Korean newspapers are speculating that Dear Leader is afraid of a decapitation attack of the type the United States launched against Saddam Hussein. Prior to our invasion of Iraq, there was some concern that the America had precipitously taken the military option off the table by saying that we had not intention of attacking North Korea. But actions speak louder than words. Without our having to make any direct statements, the North Koreans have gotten the message.

Stanley Kurtz — Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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