The Beginning of the End


Thank you and goodbye Kim's regime is in crisis

Goodbye sunshine policy. Welcome back, dictator Kim. After a decade that many spent looking for the sunny side of North Korea, two new books — one conventional and one refreshingly unorthodox — offer a return to a hard-line interpretation. In the wake of the North's torpedoing of a South Korean corvette, it's a good time for a rethink.

In the late 1990s, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung tried to lure Pyongyang with aid and under-the-table cash. Successor Roh Moo Hyun tried similar policies. The warmth didn't pay off. Neither did the...

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