There's no shortage of snarky comments out there in response to the Bush administration's attempt to use trade sanctions to annoy North Korea's Kim Jong Il, who engineered a secret nuclear weapons program.
The trade ban, according to the Associated Press, aims to make Kim's swanky life harder by forbidding U.S. shipments of luxury goods like Rolexes, French cognac, plasma TVs and iPods--"items favored by Kim but unattainable by most of the country."
Bloggers, along with the Associated Press, liken the administration's move to a scolding parent trying to take away prized privileges. But they doubt the effectiveness of the punishment, given that Kim will likely find other means for obtaining the consumer electronics he wants.
Blog community response:
"Seriously, all this is going to do is make him spend more money to get these things on the black market. So even more dollars that should go to the people of North Korea will be spent on getting Kim Jong II what he wants. That doesn't seem to me a very creative way of doing anything positive."
--Liberal Common Sense
"The idea is that the ban on shipping luxury items into North Korea would hurt leader Kim Jong Il's extravagant lifestyle because, Lord knows, a rogue nation's despot hell-bent on exporting missiles and building a atom bomb would never resort to smuggling his goodies in."
"Let this be a lesson to all who think they can defy the power of the United States and Australia. You will be punished. You will pay the price. Are you listening, Iran? Test a nuke and the West may consider cutting off your supply of...Playstation 3s."
--Your New Reality