“Dear Leader” or “Dummkopf?” You decide.

I’ve said for a long time that one thing neither China nor North Korea should ever, ever do is make Japan feel insecure, thus pushing her to rearm. Well, it looks like the delusional nitwits who run North Korea, lead by Bozo-in-Chief the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-Il, may be close to doing just that: Japan considers strike against North Korea.

– Japan said Monday it was considering whether a pre-emptive strike on
the North’s missile bases would violate its constitution, signaling a
hardening stance ahead of a possible U.N. Security Council vote on
Tokyo’s proposal for sanctions against the regime.

Japan was
badly rattled by North Korea’s missile tests last week and several
government officials openly discussed whether the country ought to take
steps to better defend itself, including setting up the legal framework
to allow Tokyo to launch a pre-emptive strike against Northern missile

"If we
accept that there is no other option to prevent an attack … there is
the view that attacking the launch base of the guided missiles is
within the constitutional right of self-defense. We need to deepen
discussion," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said.

Did you hear that sound? Those were the first rumblings of a tectonic shift in Northeast Asia power politics. As the article points out, Japan doesn’t have the capability to launch a first strike. Yet. But, if North Korea and China keep trying to intimidate, harass, and bully Japan, they will learn how fast Japan can rearm itself.

This has implications beyond these three countries. The United States has been encouraging Japan to take a more assertive role in world affairs (in line with its economic clout) for years. Under Prime Minister Koizumi’s government, they’ve found a receptive audience. South Korea, which has a bitter history of brutal Japanese rule in recent memory, would rather things stay nice and quiet so they can keep making money while occasionally giving bribes aid to their psycho brothers to the north and hoping against hope the North Korean collapse doesn’t come yet. Russia, which has a budding anti-US entente with China, does not want to see a militarily powerful American ally on its southeast coast. One which still wants back territory Russia stole from it in 1945, when it was the Soviet Union.

There must be quite a few foreign leaders who want to ring Kim’s neck just now.

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