North Korea moons the world.

Apr 7, 2009 by

nkrocketWith the launch of yet another long range rocket North Korea demonstrated how easy it is to defy the world. Backed by Russia and China, as well as other member countries of the United Nations, North Korea continues with its policy of intimidation, threats and false promises. North Korea has promised time and again to abandon its nuclear ambitions for concessions which the United States and South Korea have been only too eager to concede.

The initial response of the United Nations to the launch was weak. It essentially only reaffirms Resolutions 1695 and 1718. Even before the launch U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth revealed that he was ready to visit Pyongyang and resume the six-partly talks. No wonder North Korea felt it had nothing to fear from launching its rocket. To make matters worse Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently announced deep cuts in the U.S. Missile defense program as well as the F-22 Raptor program.

While all this is going on you can be sure that Iran is carefully monitoring the responses of the United States as well as the United Nations. It would hardly be surprising if Iran decided to ramp up the pressure on the new administration in Washington. Iran sees an American president so ready to bend his knee for public favor in Europe that the mullahs’ push for U.S. concessions will rapidly grow.

And lets not forget what kind of message the lack of any significant U.S. or U.N. response is sending to Israel. The new administration in Israel is probably drawing the conclusion that it should look our for No. 1 first and not hold its breath waiting for Mr. Obama to do anything about Iran. If the U.S. and the U.N. continually use only the carrot and never show North Korea a big stick, it will only embolden the criminal regime in North Korea while at the same time send a dangerous message to other countries in the world like Iran, Russia and China that they have little to fear from either the United States or the United Nations.

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Radical Greens reject most climate change solutions but offer none of their own

Nov 30, 2008 by

Protesters from the grassroots group Rising Tide North America made news when several members were arrested while protesting construction of a new nuclear reactor in Virginia. One activist, Paxus Calta, was photographed flashing a peace sign while being led away in handcuffs by police. It appears that Mr. Calta’s biggest claim to fame is being arrested in 12 countries on three continents, an accomplishment for which he seems to be proud.

Rising Tide isn’t protesting the causes of global warming as much as the solutions. It is against clean coal, nuclear power and carbon offsets. It disdains the compromise and collaboration between the Big 10 environmental groups and corporations, as well as the view that technology can save the environment. In fact Rising Tide seems to be against everything while at the same time offering no alternative solutions. Rising Tide even opposes other environmental groups such as the Sierra Club. While the Sierra Club thinks it is absolutely essential to turn the corporate sectors into responsible environmental citizens, Rising Tide seems to think the answer lies in protesting everything and everybody.

As Eric Hendrixson, the director of safety and licensing at Virginia Dominion’s North Anna Power Station looked on while the protests took place he had little respect for the group.

If there was a perfect solution, it would have arrived. What I don’t respect are individuals who voice their opinion out of ignorance.

Duke Energy spokesperson Tom Williams called them completely ineffective. Williams said the real way to be part of the solution is to participate in the permitting process, not protest while providing no solutions of your own. Rising Tide seems to be a group of people who have a lot of passion and energy but are wasting it in meaningless protest while bringing nothing constructive to the table. Instead of protesting proposed methods of helping combat global warming Rising Tide should put their time and energy into promoting their own solutions to the problem. If you don’t have a better solution to a problem then spend your time trying to find one instead of wasting your time knocking the other persons solution.

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