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Chain Reaction: Kosovo Fallout Hits Asia

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.

The Clinton administration, assisted by a number of select media collaborates, is continuing to declare unmitigated victory in Kosovo and solid success with a NATO enforced peace. Meanwhile, though, there is serious mischief afoot on the continent of Asia that could very well make the Cold War look like a romp at the beach.

Wherever military aggression occurs, a ripple of unintended consequences inevitably follows, and the display of force in Kosovo is no exception. Undoubtedly, the aspiring aggressors of Asia were watching with twisted interest as they witnessed the imposing power of technological superiority in warfare.

A distinct message has been sent to world leaders who have been observing these recent events. If they wish to avoid the fate of Yugoslavia, they must have in their possession an effective deterrent; that is to say, an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, along with the essential combat software and hardware.

Despite revelations in the Cox Report, information from Bill Gertz's latest release, and current evidence set forth by an intelligence panel headed by former Senator Warren Rudman that America's nuclear weapons secrets are still not secure, many people do not perceive an urgency about the matter, nor do they comprehend the threat posed to personal safety. But every American should.

The virulent nature of the Chinese infiltration becomes clearer when interrelationships with other nations of Asia and the rest of the world are more deeply examined. At first blush, certain events may appear to be separate and distinct occurrences. But upon further analysis, a chilling prospect emerges to link these seemingly disparate events together.

Activities involving nuclear weapons in China, North Korea, India and Pakistan have repeatedly made headlines. Both India and Pakistan have engaged in demonstrative test detonations of nuclear bombs. North Korea has launched a missile over heavily populated areas of Japan. China has been exposed as an adept purchaser, pirate and trafficker of technologically advanced weaponry. Most recently, North Korea, in a battle in the Yellow Sea with the South Korean navy, lost two gunboats.

China has peddled weapons of mass destruction to rogue states throughout the globe but has fostered a particularly incestuous arrangement with North Korea and Pakistan.

Since the government of China wanted to mask its activities as a provider of military components to Pakistan, a tri-country conduit was developed to indirectly spread the means of mass destruction. The system worked in the following manner.

China would provide assistance to North Korea in those areas where improvements were needed. North Korea's own nuclear missile projects would benefit from guidance and transactions with China. To complete the circle, North Korea would serve as an intermediary, facilitating the transfer of China's ill-begotten military secrets to Pakistan.

The United States government has been aware that North Korean entities engaged in this blatant undermining of world stability. Earlier this year, the State Department imposed sanctions against both the Changgwang Sinyong Corporation, a.k.a. the North Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, and the Khan Research Laboratories. Both of these organizations had been sanctioned before: Khan in 1993 for Pakistan's purchase of ballistic missiles, and the North Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation in 1996 for delivering North Korean missiles to Iran.

According to Japan's Jiji news agency, North Korea is now developing a new ballistic missile capable of hitting targets in the United States.

It is quite possible that the prominent display of the U.S./NATO war machine will act as a kind of an accidental fuel. The result may be a worldwide acceleration of the flow of dangerous technology through uncontrollable and undesirable channels.

The recent mounting tensions between China and Taiwan, India and Pakistan, and North and South Korea can only become more treacherous as these nations actually acquire the computer, laser and stealth weaponry that they covet.

The despots and dictators of our world need not fear. There is that most favored nation, that supplier of death-producing merchandise, just itching for the opportunity to satisfy the growing demand in the backwoods of the nuclear weapons marketplace.

As for the rest of us, fear is likely to be back in a big way as it relates to the groundswell of instability in the world. But then, fear trumps apathy, doesn't it?

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