Thursday, February 10, 2005

Preemtion in Reverse?

The Bush Doctrine of "Preemption:"
The United States is pursuing a policy of "anticipatory self-defense" also known as a policy of preemption to defend itself against any future attacks such as those at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon despite the objections and reservations of allies and the United Nations. Preemptive use of force is designed to combat imminent and emerging threats and is widely recognized in international law specifically in Article 51 of the UN Charter. Preemptive has been defined to mean marked by the seizing of the initiative: initiated by ones own self. Preventive use of force is normally associated with depriving another their use of power or hope of acting or succeeding.
George Bush on Preemption:
Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th, but we know their true nature.

"North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens....
North Korea on Pre-emption:
Thursday's statement from the North Korean Foreign Ministry said nuclear weapons are "for self-defense to cope with the Bush administration's evermore undisguised policy to isolate and stifle" its government.

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"The U.S. disclosed its attempt to topple the political system in the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] at any cost, threatening it with a nuclear stick. This compels us to take a measure to bolster its nuclear weapons arsenal in order to protect the ideology, system, freedom and democracy chosen by the people in the DPRK."
Gee whiz, I thought only the US had the right to preemptively protect itself. Who knew those damn commies would use their nukes preemptively to protect themselves from the US of A?

Brilliant doctrine there George.