October 25, 2000
At a luncheon Tuesday
in Pyongyang, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright concluded a toast
to her North Korean hosts by stating that We want to see the Cold
War divisions end, with all the countries in the region
secure from war, participating in the international system and observing
global norms. All noble goals. Yet it is worth remembering one essential
point: None of these goals has been achieved by appeasing communist tyrannies.
The administrations effort to buy short-term relief from the problems
presented by North Koreas weapons programs through subsidizing the
current regime, combined with the spectacle of the secretarys obsequious
behavior in North Korea, cant help but delay the movement toward
the only lasting solution -- a change in government. Cold War divisions
end when the communist governments that gave rise to them collapse.