The U.N. Security Council doesn't want to talk about North Korea. Don Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice don't want to talk about North Korea. We, in our fever-pitched Iraq melee, certainly don't want to talk about North Korea.
It's almost comical: a red-eyed U.S. spoiling for a fight with a reluctant Iraq, while Kim Jong-il does his best to provoke the world.
The world's response ÷ "C'mon, North Korea, cut it out. Please?" ÷ is somewhat understandable; after all, it's a lot easier to engage a country with no realistic hope of manufacturing nuclear weapons than one that already has them. But is that really enough to explain the U.N.'s bizarrely noninterventionist approach to the brewing Asian crisis? Even China, which is far more initiated in Eastern politics than the U.S., has shied away from taking a firm stance on North Korea's recent belligerence.