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opinion pieces worth reading:
Bloomberg View columnist William Pesek believes we all need to calm down a bit and try to understand North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s motivations. “It is always possible that Kim has suicidal tendencies. But what has the Kim Dynasty, through three generations, spent every waking moment doing? Staying in power and keeping the world out.” Attacking the world doesn’t fit that mold.
Read it here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-04/nuclear-kim-games-bipolar-north-korea-politics.html
The Courier Mail in Australia sees hope in indications that China is growing impatient with its North Korean ally. Because of its proximity, Australia fears a regional crisis should war erupt. “Australia must remain firm and stand steadfastly with South Korea and the U.S. in the face of North Korean aggression. Ms. (Australian Prime Minister Julia) Gillard must make it clear to the Chinese that we welcome any Chinese efforts to cool the diplomatic temperature, but that this must not compromise wider regional and strategic - and indeed humanitarian - concerns.”
Read it here: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/editorial-australia-must-stand-firm-in-face-of-north-koreas-growing-aggression/story-e6frerc6-1226613580307
The Arizona Republic’s Robert Robb wonders why North Korea is
Read it here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/04/05/why_is_north_korea_our_problem_117809.html
The L.A. Times says even if the current crisis ends peacefully, it firmly establishes North Korea's determination to obtain nuclear weapons. That could have an effect on regional nuclear ambitions, leading South Korea and Japan to want such weapons, as well. The paper argues that the United States must try to trade "aid and normal relations" for the north abandoning its nuclear program.
Read it here: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-korea-20130405,0,2007584.story
Finally, even smaller newspapers are weighing in. The Daily News, serving Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties in New York, urges the United States to appeal to China as the best hope to contain North Korea. The United States, it says, has no leverage. “A destabilized peninsula or broader regional conflict is not in Beijing’s interests either.”
Read it here: http://thedailynewsonline.com/opinion/article_22270c6c-9bb9-11e2-961e-001a4bcf887a.html