I continue to be confounded by why we are not taking a more aggressive stance with the North Korean regime. The situation in North Korea makes Iraq look like Disneyland. Consider the following: North Korea suffers until a despotic, brutally repressive "cult of personality" regime (it is not a communist regime anymore, if it ever was, it is not a country-wide cult indoctrinated to worship Kim Jong-Il) Thousands of children in the capital city of Pyongyang do not attend school during the day but rather practice formations daily for periodic parades in honor of Kim Jong-Il The capital city of millions, at night, is pitch black by 7pm due to lack of energy resources and the complete submission of the city's will to the government Two western journalists, on a very rare and very controlled, trip to North Korea to film a brief documentary reported this encounter. The reporters were travelling in a car from the airport to the location where they were schedule to film (heavily supervised of course). Their "minders", English-speaking North Koreans that had to remain with the reporters at all times, seemed to joke with the western journalists that Tiger Woods was not that good. The journalists begged to differ and asked if gold was a popular sport in North Korea. The minders mentioned how Kim Jong-Il liked golf and just the week before had shot an 18 round of golf in the 30s with 8 holes in one. The western journalists laugh as if to say "what, are you kidding?" The minders did not laugh and wondered why the journalists were laughing and said basically "Why are you laughing? its true." Since 1995 2-3 million North Koreans have starved to death Two-thirds of all North Korea children are severely malnourished and suffer from stunted growth and compromised biological systems derived from perpetual malnourishment In the wasteland countryside of North Korea, North Koreans have NO food at all during the summer months and live on wild plants, boiled tree bark, and food made from indigestable wild grasses and cornstalks. There are fields of corpses in the countryside of those who have died of starvation. Mass open air graves where bodies are stacked one upon the other. The government keeps an iron grip on access to the countryside where things are the worst. The only information comes from North Koreans who risk death to escape to China in the north. Chinese journalists were allowed in to tour certain areas of Pyongyang. Their guide glowed as she showed the journalists the technical materials that Kim Jong-Il made available to his people. The guide referred to the materials as "the latest in technical knowledge from the western world." The books were Commodore 64 guides. This place is a horror beyond all horrors. Its the holocaust on a countrywide-scale. Worse yet, the North Korean goverment continues to develop its nuclear weapons program. To hope for rational behavior from this regime is folly. What are we waiting for? I understand the Korean peninsula is a delicate situation. But the Middle East is also. I realize North Korea could have 1 million troops in Seoul very quickly and create a disaster situation. I realize China could get anxious but even China realizes the situation is bad. Do we only pick easy fights and let the atrocities continue if the fight might be hard? We'll take out Saddam's sons but not this Kim Jong-Il nutcase? I fault Republican and Democrat administrations for this. North Korea needs to be dealt with immediately. This situation is intolerable.