World Opinion

April 14, 2012 • Editorial

North Korea missile launch

Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka has ordered the Self-Defense Forces [auth] to prepare for the destruction of a ballistic missile that North Korea plans to launch in mid-April under the name of “an artificial satellite.”

However, it is clear that intercepting the missile with an SDF missile defense system does not provide a fundamental solution to the problem.

More than anything else, what the Japanese government needs to do is to use diplomatic efforts to prevent North Korea from launching a missile. We wish to once again emphasize this point.

At the same time, however, Tokyo, which has no diplomatic ties with Pyongyang, has very few chances to make diplomatic efforts. Moreover, given that the “satellite launch” this time is said to be on the instructions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December, it is believed to be very difficult to persuade North Korea to give up the launch.

Still, not only the United States and South Korea but also China and Russia have signified their opposition to the planned launch.

Japan should be able to act in concert with these countries to intensify diplomatic pressure on North Korea.

Japan should take advantage of North Korea’s reckless deed to strengthen cooperation among the concerned countries. The Japanese government is urged to demonstrate such toughness. That is the only way to deal with the situation now that there are no other immediately effective plans to contain North Korea, which has no regard for others.

Guest Editorial

The Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo

Global warming

It would come as no surprise if David Suzuki called an emergency meeting of his David Suzuki Foundation to deal with the sad news that the North Pole was not melting.

Every eco-system has its canary in the coal mine and, in the case of the Arctic, it’s the polar bear — supposedly dying off, say doomsayers, because global warming is melting the very ice on which these bears need to hunt.

The trouble with this, however, is that it’s bogus.

Our Nanooks of the North have never been healthier. An aerial survey of the northern shore of Hudson Bay, where the polar bear is supposedly most threatened, shows a population some 66 percent greater than what many scientists predicted.

This should drive Suzuki apoplectic. The dying polar bear, after all, is his meal ticket. Its impending demise turned the lies of “An Inconvenient Truth” into a Nobel Prize for former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

This is a very difficult bell to unring.

The aerial survey’s results, released by the government of Nunavut, shows a bear population along Hudson Bay of 1,013 animals when the alarmists predicted the number would be as low as 610.

These would likely be the same “scientists” used by David Suzuki for his sky-is-falling, ice-is-melting, canary-is-dying fundraisers which have Santa Claus drowning as the North Pole melts.

What will they say now that this inconvenient truth has the polar bears flourishing, not dying off? It is a conundrum for the Suzuki crowd.

Instead of listening to eco-opportunists, or university professors, we’d rather take the word of the Inuit. It’s their hunting ground too, and they say the polar bear is far from being endangered.

We trust, therefore, that David Suzuki will call a press conference to explain his Chicken Little routine.

Guest Editorial

Ottawa (Ontario) Sun

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