Last week, I was open to the possibility that North Korea's move to renuclearize was a lucky break for the cadres. With each passing day, however, I'm more convinced that there was at least some coordination here.
The very day Communist China's melamine milk scandal leads nine countries to ban the regime's dairy experts (Newsmax) and America announces tighter testing of Communist Chinese exports (CNN), Pyongyang suddenly escalates its dispute and removes all United Nations seals and cameras from the Yongbyon nuclear plant (BBC and CNN).
Coincidence? I don't think so.
With Kim Jong-il's health still a state secret (One Free Korea), whoever is in charge there (including an ill Kim) is more dependent on Beijing than the healthy viceroy of the past. Odds are, the colonial regime is at the very least hoping to remind the CCP that it can be very useful in getting embarrassing domestic news off the front pages of the world.
More likely, the Korean regime was ordered to do just that by the colonial masters. However, two separate events have complicated the cadres' plans.
The election: With the United States about to choose a new leader, there isn't as much attention paid to East Asia right now. On the plus side, that means fewer people are noticing the melamine scandal in general. However, it also means the Korean colony's antics get far less attention than normal, removing their power of distraction. Thus, those who do pay attention to East Asia will see both issues, not just one predetermined to be more important by Washington.
The financial sector: What with everyone certain that Wall Street will collapse in less than a week (it won't, BTW, but I digress), the fear of North Korea renuclearizing is barely registering. Again, that greatly reduces the colony's ability to get people's attention off the melamine.
So, as Pyongyang moves forward, the Washington Times still devotes its op-ed page to the melamine scandal (even as the regime laughably tries to insist everything is under control - BBC), and the Epoch Times discovers that one of the poison-milk sellers was the exclusive supplier for the Olympics. Even Premier Wen Jiabao's trip to New York was almost entirely ignored (although the Epoch Times - as expected - did notice).
Amidst all of this blocking the Communists' deflectors, the only thing that has gotten through was the melamine scandal - smack in the middle of the Canadian election campaign (Globe and Mail) in which the most anti-Communist party in the field is trying to turn its minority government into a majority.
While anything can happen in the next three weeks (Election Day in Canada is October 14), the CCP may need the colonial regime to do another nuclear test to blunt the effect of this.