Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting a live satellite feed of the Joel Rosenberg Epicenter Conference at Calvary Christian Fellowship of Tucson.
During one of the sessions, Joel mentioned that the North Koreans were preparing to launch a ballistic missile that had the capacity to easily hit the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska and possibly even San Francisco.
Vast international diplomatic pressure was being applied to stop this launch. US and Japanese war ships had even moved into place with Patriot style missile batteries at the ready.
The response of Kim Jong Il?
North Korean rocket launch tests Obama
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s new rocket launch gives the communist country another bargaining chip in negotiations over dismantling its nuclear weapons program even if the flight wasn’t completely successful, analysts said Monday.
Even with suspected problems in separating the second and third stages, the rocket flew twice as far as any missile the North previously launched. That range falls far short of U.S. territory, but neighbors are concerned by the expanded reach of a regime that claims to have atomic bombs.
President Barack Obama and other world leaders called Sunday’s launch a provocation that cannot go unanswered, but the U.N. Security Council was so divided it didn’t even issue a preliminary statement of condemnation.
The initial reaction to this launch was to call it a failure.
But the North Koreans were testing something far more important than the technical effectiveness of a rocket.
The real test?
Would the international community actually do something in response to this “in your face” maneuver?
Well, the results are now in.
North Korea missile test draws tough talk, no action
World leaders condemned North Korea’s rocket launch but have few options.
BY STEVEN THOMMA AND WARREN P. STROBEL
McClatchy News Service
PRAGUE, Czech Republic –– From New York to Prague, world leaders criticized North Korea’s long-range rocket launch on Sunday, but there appeared to be little appetite for escalating the confrontation with the isolated regime that defied international warnings with its early morning test.
North Korea’s launch of its Taepodong-2 missile came on the same day that President Barack Obama, in a speech in the Czech capital, pledged the United States to the long-term goal of ridding itself and the world of nuclear weapons.
But North Korea’s testing of a missile that analysts fear could someday be fitted with a nuclear warhead underscored how hard that goal will be to achieve — and the challenge Obama faces from North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
”This morning, we were reminded again why we need a new and more rigorous approach to address this threat. North Korea broke the rules once more by testing a rocket that could be used for a long-range missile,” Obama said at the outdoor speech in central Prague.
”This provocation underscores the need for action, not just . . . at the U.N. Security Council but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons,” he said. “Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something.”
The U.N. Security Council met in emergency session Sunday afternoon to debate the launch. But despite Obama’s call for action, it seemed likely the 15-member council would only criticize North Korea and ask it to return to stalled six-nation talks on eliminating its nuclear weapons.
Yes, that will fix the problem – Maniacal dictators are usually quite intimidated by formal condemnations.
And the Security Council would also believe the best response to the Tate-LaBianca murders would have been a strongly worded letter of rebuke sent registered mail to Charlie Manson.
The North Koreans gave the new world order a test.
The new world order failed.
And the story goes deeper.
At the Epicenter Conference Joel Rosenberg revealed that there were a minimum of 15 formal representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran on hand as guests of Kim Jong-Il for the launch.
It is more than likely that they were not only there to gauge the effectiveness of this ICBM as a potential future purchase for their arsenal, but also to see just how far the world would let the North Koreans push the envelope.
Pretty far indeed.
Far enough to embolden the Iranians to try their own missile test on, say, Tel Aviv?
But no doubt Mahmoud Ahmadinejahd is more confident in the weakness of the international community and their ability to bring about any meaningful sanctions against his own nuclear ambitions than ever before.
And there is also no doubt that the stunning words of Benjamin Netanyahu spoken last week take on an even greater degree of seriousness.
“Stop Iran – Or I will.”
One of the signs Jesus predicted would point to the time of His return would be a birth pain like increase in frequency and intensity of “wars and rumors of wars”. (Matthew 24:6)
Look for both North Korea, Iran, and Iran’s terrorist proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas to continue to test the limits.
And look for the world to relearn an old lesson – You can’t overcome evil with a strongly worded statement.
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