Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein weighed in on the crisis on the Korean peninsula on MSNBC on Sunday and proceeded to make us all glad she wasn't elected last November.
Stein complained of our "demonization" of North Korea and that the North Koreans had a right to develop nuclear weapons because of the U.S. threat.
Stein referred to the negative characterizations of the brutal Communist regime in North Korea as a way to 'demonize' them so the U.S. can implement a regime change."The demonization of North Korea is part of the run-up to regime change. she said." "It's part of demonizing a government that we then want to exercise regime change on."Host Alex Witt pushed back against Stein's accusation saying, "It's the North Koreans that have added the provocation in launching missiles and testing[.]" ..."But remember where that came from," Stein interrupted, doubling down. "Long before they began their missile tests the U.S. was conducting nuclear bombing runs against North Korea. We actually had nuclear weapons until the end of the cold war We actually had nuclear weapons stationed in South Korean."Then she claimed that the actions taken by North Korea were merely a defensive reaction to fear of U.S. aggression."So, this is very frightening to them," she said. "They have been basically cornered into feeling like they have to develop a nuclear weapon."Defending the North Koreans was not enough insanity for one day, so Stein decided to go ahead and defend the Russians as well.When asked about the new sanctions placed on North Korea, Iran and Russia by Congress, Stein said that she was not in favor of the decision."Sanctions basically play into Russia's hand. we know that sanctions only strengthen a leader like Putin and make him the protector against the evil United States," she said.Then she seemingly sided with the Trump administration and said that Russian involvement in email hacks was purely speculation."The evidence is not definitive, it's circumstantial," she said.
I suppose Stein has a point – if you ignore the utter brutality of the North Koreans, their threats against the U.S. and our allies, and the paranoia of their leadership. But in order to say what Stein said, you have to deliberately cultivate a sublime ignorance of what the North Koreans are all about.
"Demonization"? It's pretty demonic when the leader of a sovereign nation threatens to launch nuclear weapons if he feels "threatened." What else would you call a dictator who straps his opponents to the barrel of an anti-aircraft gun and opens fire or throws his enemies into a pit of dogs who haven't been fed in a week?
It is the fallback position of anti-Americans that everything in the world we respond to is our fault to begin with and that if only we gathered in a circle with our enemies and sang protest songs, everything would be right in the world.
It takes a special kind of idiot to absolve a brutal dictatorship of responsibility for a crisis when that regime starves its own people in order to construct a weapon of mass destruction and speak so casually of attacking the United States.