China, U.S. enable North Korean misbehavior
The recent Washington Times article “Obama cautions N. Korea about ‘provocations’ ” (Web, Saturday) reveals an Obama administration failure to face the fact that instability on the Korean peninsula — and the coldblooded sinking of the South Korean ship Cheonan — are ultimately the fault of China.
China could easily order North Korea to stand down, as it would not exist without Chinese sponsorship. North Korean dependency on China goes back to the Korean War and remains true given China’s vast military and economic resources. If China were to put real pressure on North Korea, the country would have no choice but to back down.
Thus, China allows the threatening and murderous actions of North Korea to continue. It’s that simple.
The United States also enables this by not putting pressure on China, which grows rich from unlimited access to our markets while using profits to build missiles to point at us. Meanwhile, our children become indebted to China and we allow ourselves to be fooled by its good-communist/ badcommunist charade.
Instead of cautioning North Korea, we should be warning China. D.A. SAMS West Jefferson, Ohio