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North Korea: the natural solution. Might Mother Nature solve the North Korean problem for us? She certainly might. I tell people, quite truthfully, that I have been inside North Korea. For extra effect I sometimes add “… as an illegal immigrant.” Visiting my wife’s home province in northeast China sixteen years ago, we took a... Read More
You remember Caligula. John Hurt played him with creepy malignity in the old BBC production of I, Claudius. Caligula was the third emperor of Rome on a strict count (which doesn’t include Julius Caesar), the fourth of the Twelve Caesars written up by the historian Suetonius. At age 24 Caligula succeeded his great-uncle Tiberius, the... Read More
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, by Bradley K. Martin
When the North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung died in 1994 and his son Kim Jong-il took over leadership of the country, I thought, in common with most observers, that the communist regime was done for. Kim Sr., though he had originally been installed by Stalin as a tool of Soviet policy, had had a genuine... Read More
At the time of writing, things look to be going well in Iraq. It may therefore not be out of place to take a pause for some reflection on the other two members of the Axis of Evil. About Iran, I can think of nothing useful to say. There are good signs: Iran seems to... Read More
The news that North Korea has nuclear weapons ("At least two" — unnamed senior administration official, "A small number" — Donald Rumsfeld) brings up a question that has been hanging over the world for some decades, and to which our current Iraq policy is relevant. The question is: What do we do about nutso states... Read More
President Clinton has announced that he will not, after all, be making a state visit to North Korea before he leaves office. He gave as his reason that "there is not sufficient time to close a deal" with the leaders of that country. The choice of words here betrays how egregiously wrong-headed has been U.S.... Read More
John Derbyshire
About John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at