America Abroad: The Curse of the Answered Prayer

The Curse of the Answered Prayer

SEOUL. THE END OF THE COLD WAR IS PROVING TO BE A dangerous passage for all concerned: winners, losers and bystanders. Two years ago, Saddam Hussein concluded that the demise of the Soviet Union as a superpower had created a regional vacuum he could fill. The result was the invasion of Kuwait and Desert Storm. Last year a clique of Serbian Marxists tried to maintain its authority over other South Slavs who no longer needed Belgrade to protect them from Moscow. The result was the Balkan cataclysm.

But the most perilous place on earth may be here, on the Korean peninsula,...