In the mean time I lifted this little illustration from Michelle Malkin's place. It shows Kim Yong Il's reach if (when?) North Korea is able to marry a nuclear payload to their Taepo Dong 2 missiles.
In the Euro MSM this thing is passed off as a little geo-political tiff between big bad USA and little defiant (if somewhat deranged) North Korea. The barely hidden smirks with which this incident was portrayed as the equivalent of Uncle Sam in the classic banana peel skid on the NOS Journaal this morning leaves some doubt our journalistic corps realizes how potentially serious this is.
Of course, we Euros have a penchant for allowing raving madmen the prerogative of nuclear weapons, starting with France and ending with Iran and now North Korea. Maybe we can send Solana on another eternal cycle of summit talks mission, having him divide his time between Tehran and Pyong Yang. It won't do much of anything, of course, but it keeps him and the EU leadership happy, thinking they are doing something.
Speaking of which: The entire civilized world has by now reacted to the happenings in North Korea. But where the hell is Barroso and his posse? Top story at the EU Observer website: Croatia defies Barroso on new EU treaty. But not a peep on how the EU Commission (for all intents and purposes our government, after all) intend to deal with the threat eminating from that peninsula so many miles to the east. Or will this really be the third time within as many months that the EU leadership will shine through absence of anything meaningful (After Irans refusal to stop enriching uranium and that embarressment that goes by the name of Resolution 1710 that all the 'colleagues' favored so much)?
[UPDATE001] Well, the EU reaction is in, and it does not disappoint (in the sense that it actually does): EU: No plans to cut humanitarian aid. EU Referendum has more.
[UPDATE002] Then again, the NK nuke may have been much sound and fury signifying, well... pretty little. (h/t Liberty and Justice)
[UPDATE003] Was it even a nuclear device? US Intelligences types have their doubts.
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that seismic readings show that the conventional high explosives used to create a chain reaction in a plutonium-based device went off, but that the blast's readings were shy of a typical nuclear detonation.(thanks to Ferdy)
"We're still evaluating the data, and as more data comes in, we hope to develop a clearer picture," said one official familiar with intelligence reports.
"There was a seismic event that registered about 4 on the Richter scale, but it still isn't clear if it was a nuclear test. You can get that kind of seismic reading from high explosives."
The underground explosion, which Pyongyang dubbed a historic nuclear test, is thought to have been the equivalent of several hundred tons of TNT, far short of the several thousand tons of TNT, or kilotons, that are signs of a nuclear blast, the official said.
The official said that so far, "it appears there was more fizz than pop."