With flexibility by all parties, the North Korean promise to terminate its nuclear-weapons program could usher in a new era in the peninsula that in the 20th century was one of the most violently contested and militarized spots on earth.
The Six-Party deal returns essentially to a past agreement with new promises for the future-- though it leaves unanswered the fate of nuclear weapons and fissile material already produced by North Korea.
So we've finally had our plebiscite, however covert, on the failing Outlaw Empire of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The wave— and make no mistake, it's a global one— has just crashed on our shores, soaking our imperial masters.
Early responses perceived the North Korean test as a challenge to unsettle President Bush. But first appearances can be deceptive—future prospects might well turn out to be far-reaching and surprising.
The North Korean underground nuclear test on 9 October has sent shockwaves— weak on the Richter scale but shaking the core of the East Asian security and the existing geopolitical balance in Asia underpinned by the US nuclear umbrella.
I have a pretty good idea where Osama bin Laden will be on June 14 -- and June 19, and again on June 23. Not his exact location, but it's a safe bet he'll be in front of a TV tuned in to Saudi Arabia's World Cup soccer matches...