Is the Bush Administration going wobbly on Iran, North Korea, and Communist China? Two blog authors whom I trust a great deal are fearing the worst. David Frum (National Review Online) sees the president throwing in the towel on the nuclear ambitions of the Communist-backed mullahcracy (note: Newsmax does not agree). The Korea Liberator (or to be more precise - TKL co-author James J. Na) is hearing the "engagement" forces are now in charge of Administration policy on both Communist China and its Korean colony. If they're right, expect the world to become a much more dangerous place in the future.
More from the China Freedom Blog Alliance: TKL comments on refugees from Stalinist North Korea in the U.S. consulate in Shenyang, financial sanctions by Japan and Australia against SNK (see als0 the BBC and the Epoch Times), and Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il's orders to kill the creators of Team America: World Police (see also Bill Gertz, Washington Times), and reports of possible Islamic terrorism in South Korea, where dovish Roh Moo-hyun is losing control of his party. Meanwhile, Between Heaven and Earth reprints an excellent Don Feder (Human Events) piece on the island democracy of Taiwan.
More on Middle Eastern Proxy Number One: The mullahs' top nuclear negotiator decides not to join mouthpiece Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations (Newsmax); Ahmadinejad himself will snub UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (Newsmax). The regime tries to smooth Ahmadinejad's path by releasing a dissident (Media Blog, NRO). Max Schultz, also in NRO, believes Tehran's "oil weapons" threats "ring too hollow to worry about."
More on Korean refugees: The BBC describes the harrowing underground railroad used by refugees from Stalinist North Korea.
Ignorant Comment of the Day: The dubious honor goes to Joshua Cooper Ramo (Newsweek), who examines Communist China's "image problem" and blames everyone except the Communists for it.
Enlightened Comment of the Day: The editors of the Washington Post call the cadres to the carpet for giving Sudan political cover for its Darfur genocide.
Communist military still behind the U.S., but strong enough to conquer Taiwan: That was the prevailing opinion among a panel of experts covered by the Epoch Times.
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: The Int'l Monetary Fund officially grants Communist China more power over its operations (BBC); U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson begins his first visit to Beijing (BBC).
Vatican-appointed Bishop arrested in Shaanxi: Bishop Wu Qinjing, consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI, refused to join the Communist-controlled "Patriotic Catholic Association." Because of that, he is now in prison (Epoch Times).
More cyberdissidents arrested: Zhang Jianhong, Yang Maodong, and Chen Shuqing were arrested in the last two weeks; Reporters Without Borders called for their release (Boxun).
Whither Communist China's economy? Experts tell the Epoch Times that corruption and bad debt could end the boom long before anyone expects.