Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, March 13, 2003

An important question. Does Kim Jong Il know when to stop?

...Alexander Orlov, an NKVD (Narodny Kommisariat Vnutrennikh Del, or People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) general who defected to the United States during the Great Purge, wrote a famous work called A Handbook of Intelligence and Guerrilla Warfare in which he stressed that the first rule was not to respond to provocation. Orlov was a highly astute thinker, but what happens when one side constantly resorts to provocation and cannot be trusted to know when and where to stop and the other side is either increasingly in no mood to heed his advice or is obliged to respond because the act of provocation is finally too great to let happen?

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