Hard View: What Is Good For The Goose…

Columnist: 
Hannatu Musawa

Due to its implications and dangers, it would be difficult for anyone not to be concerned with the recent nuclear threats by the North Korean government and the tensions that have arisen between North Korea and America as a result. As one of the states once described by George Bush as the “axis of evil”, North Korea has for some time now insured its place as one of the biggest enemies to a super-power that has, in the past, enacted unilateral military action against its adversaries. But no matter how much one vilifies the actions of North Korea, looking at the situation from a third party view, America, itself, still doesn’t come out as the paragon of virtue in the whole kafuffle.

A well-known legal maxim which bars relief for anyone guilty of improper conduct in a matter urges one who comes to equity to come with clean hands. It operates to prevent any affirmative recovery for a party with unclean-hands, no matter how unfairly the party's adversary appears. Granted, North Korea has come across as the main aggressor in this particular round of hostilities, but the truth is, as a nation that used its military might to illegally invade a sovereign nation within the last several years, it is hardly the time for America to try and pass itself off as the arbitrageur of righteousness. And even though the prospect of Kim Jong Un’s threats of missile testing and development of more nuclear technology comes with ominous implications, the perceived double standards of America, a nuclear power itself, telling another sovereignty to give up its nuclear technology leaves a lot to be desired.

America's turgid jingoism, enormous exhibitions of patriotic vehemence and arrogance within the last decade very much exceeds the notion of moral equivalency and their call for North Korea to abide by International standards would be almost as hypocritical as Adolph Hitler calling for world peace. If the U.S ever represented the pursuance of freedom and protection of rights, then why did they ever keep secret prisons and torture cells, why do they, to this day, hold detainees without due process in Guantanamo Bay and why did they invade another sovereign country without a cogent, authentic reason other than on the impulse of a diplomatically spastic and a verbally dyslexic pea-brained former president? Had it been another country who had behaved in the manner America has in the last couple of years, America would have been the first and loudest to cry bloody murder. There is no doubt that America has somewhat redeemed itself in the eyes of the other 99% of the world since the exit of George. W. Bush from power and the election of an objective, fair minded Barack Obama, but the annoyance of America’s hypocrisy when it comes to their directive and bully tactics to other nations to give up nuclear weapons still soils its international image.

As the main nation to have used atomic weapons against an enemy during a war, America knows all too well the ease in which a nuclear power can destroy its enemy. But even though the world has been able to come to terms with the Hiroshima disaster, America must be aware that their most recent misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan has set a sorry example and arguably become the very engine to propel the development of nuclear weapons. During his tenure, when President Bush disregarded the UN and went to war in Iraq, he effectively opened the door to other war loving, international law hating leaders. But for the hostility and threats of isolation displayed by the American government against its enemies, it is likely that governments such as that of North Korea may not have been so steadfast in acquiring nuclear might. Any country believing that it would be exposed to American aggression similar to the groundless one conducted in Iraq in the last Gulf war might probably be ready to withstand international condemnation in order to develop nuclear weapons, if only to protect themselves from America. With the situation as it is now, it is quite unlikely that anyone on the receiving end of American wrath will unilaterally disarm and abandon its nuclear weapons technology. Especially given the example set where, even though Col. Muammar Qaddafi gave up Libya's nuclear weapons development project, it didn’t stop him from being ousted from power and killed like a dog, with American help.

As a punishment for North Korean insolence, the United Nations are calling for sanctions. But as history shows, sanctions do not necessarily work on authoritarian regimes willing to allow massive human suffering. The consequence of sanctions affects the most vulnerable and helpless; it is highly unlikely that the threat of sanctions will deter the North Koreans from its nuclear path or achieve regime change.

In an ideal world, the United States should have the capability to prevent the kind of conflict we are witnessing between North Korea and the western world. America controls the whole planet through trade, aid, military capacity and with its vast influence; it should also have the ability to guide the world to peace. But the super power has a reputation for pursuing its interest in a manner that disregards anyone it perceives to be an international threat to U.S. geopolitical and economic interest. Had it chosen to approach the issue of nuclear possession from an even platform where the terms of possession is equal for all countries, then their argument would have been more convincing. But as it is now, what incentive does North Korea have in joining talks to give up its nuclear weapons when their perceived enemies possess nuclear weapons? What is good for the goose should be good for the gander and until the entire world became weapons-free, no country has the moral right to point an accusing finger at another, especially if they possess nuclear weapons themselves.

It’s all well and good for the international community to denounce North Korea’s recent nuclear ambitions, but as long as there is a general support for the kind of American weapons development and testing we have witnessed within the last 100 years, then this is double-standards. Let’s not forget this isn’t year zero; many nations, including America, Britain, France, India and Pakistan amongst others have had huge piles of nerve gas and other chemical weapons for years. Until the whole world calls for the destruction of all nuclear weapons in every country and speaks up against the type of injustice we have witnessed America unleash on other countries, then none of these nations have a right to tell North Korea what it should and should not do. This effort to limit nuclear weapons technology to the current nuclear powers can only influence the kind of confrontation we are witnessing. If America or any of the western nations are interested in fostering peace and forming an understanding with countries like North Korea, one of their main prerogatives should be to de-arm the nuclear weapons they themselves have then try to develop some kind of dialogue.

The possession of nuclear arms by any country threatens everyone on the planet and the only defence against them is a realistic worldwide non-nuclear strategy that would involve a progressive disarming of all nuclear powers. The world needs cooperation, discourse and arbitration in order to destroy all nuclear weapons. But as long as select nations are allowed to keep their stockpiles of nuclear weapons, then this recent hue and cry against North Korea is akin to stopping the gander from acquiring what it sees the goose has. And although Kim Jong Un may be suffering from a twisted form of youthful exuberance, he will unlikely be willing to abandon his nuclear ambitions just because America and the western community said so.

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Islamists Are Not Happy

Islamists are not happy in Gaza .. They're not happy in Egypt .. They're not happy in Libya .. They're not happy in Morocco .. They're not happy in Iran .. They're not happy in Iraq .. They're not happy in Yemen .. They're not happy in Afghanistan .. They're not happy in Pakistan .. They're not happy in Syria .. They're not happy in Lebanon ..
So, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY? (contd.2)

shame on anti-Islam

I dont see anything wrong with Hannatu's write-up. The write-up is devoid of bias. All I see in the comments is hatred for Islam, by those who wants Islam to be erased so that same sex marriages would be well embraced by all, ladies move around nude and theres nothing wrong in it. Shame on all of those anti-Islam around the globe....Islam is unshakened and will never be moved by your horrible politics.

VERY POOR ANALYSIS

Madam Hannatu, you've never fooled me. Your islamic extremism is this close to suicide bombing. You might be educated but horrendously uncivilized. Imagine a mad policeman with a gun. That's what a lunatic like you is trying to justify. Onye ara

Hanny you can never stisfyt these idiots from the south

Hannatu, stop wasting your thoughts on these idiots from the south. They are ignornts that. Worship the U.S and the west. To an average nigerian ARNE, the U.S is his Go. To them anything the. U.S does will wipeout the muslim north. And interestingly all the picture the u.s nd europe. Are pinting. About the country strt and ends with the southerners. Thank godi am not ARNE that hail from that. Part of the country. Animals that re not seeingn any wrong in sme sex marriege or sleeping with your daughters.

Hannate I feel sorry for you and your generation

You must have attended school where? Boko Haram university of stupidity? How come you can get on some many people's nerve so badly?

You need help and no insult will make you see the light of day but a little advice will put you on the right track.

STOP WRITING FOR THE SAKE OF FILLING A BLANK SPACE IN YOUR BORING LIFE.

Half education is a wahala

This bitch is a dumb ass, she is either too stupid to evaluate the truth of the situation or she is just being another dick head muslim with only one veiw, backwardness.

I wish not to read anything she writes again but like a bad virus I keep wasting my time trying to understand her, please Hannatu stop writing bullshit, go home and take care of yourself and your husband with many other wives.

If you represent women in the north you are doing a very bad job so just shut up bitch

HANNATU- YOU'RE NOT WELCOMED IN THE WESTERN WORLD - 2

Those health hazards are the ones Hannatu is recommending that North Korea, with its SAVAGE TEMPER and UNPRINCIPLED BEHAVIOR should be put at its discretion to inflict on the HUMAN RACE. And the one to take that decision whether the rest us live or die in pain is this "baby-face" boy! The conclusion that Hannatu reached in her write-up, I like to think, is beneath what she had shown in previous endeavours, as below her intellectual capacity. I therefore conclude that Hannatu, being a Boko Haram propagandist is playing a surrogate for the rogue states of Iran/Pakistan/North Korea. You should now accept that your visa to any Western democracy is hereby REVOKED with immediate effect indefinitely!

HANNATU. YOU'RE NOT WELCOMED IN THE WESTERN WORLD - 1

This is a write-up smelling a STRONG hint of and SYMPATHY with Boko Haram. The article betrays Hannatu as someone who has a mind not used to Hard Thinking - totally devoid of any sense of history. North Korea has always been a rogue state. Its "baby-face" TOY-BOY Head of State has no experience of WAR and WANT.He has always been shielded from the ravages of human sufferings as consequence of any conflict. The disastrous accident at the then Russian Nuclear Plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine occurred in April 1986. Within hours,the radiation had affected and slaughtered sheep, cattle and contaminated farmland in far away Scotland. In addition, up to 4000 people died from radiation-induced Cancer and leukemia. That was an ACCIDENT, not the result of a NUCLEAR WAR!

Stupid article

One of the poorly written articles in Sahara reporters. You need to be educated about the Korean Peninsula and if you must know, allowing North Korea to posses Nuclear weapons would also mean South Korea and even Japan also acquiring weapons too. You seem to forget that it was Japan that colonised the two Koreas

Hard View: What Is Good For The Goose…

i think that it is asking too much to expect that any muslim in this world will ever fail to rejoice or relish the prospect of pain or loss to america (even if they will rather take a scholarship or holidays in america than North Korea or Iran). so its quite in order for Hannatu to express those views. its true to type.

Wrong Again, Hanney!

"If the U.S ever represented the pursuance of freedom and protection of rights, then why did they ever keep secret prisons and torture cells, why do they, to this day, hold detainees without due process in Guantanamo Bay"

Hanney: imagine yourself on the battle field, and you see some guys unarmed/armed to teeth in the opposite direction of your army. What do you think they are there for? Even Nigeria as tatered as is currently gives you more freedom than N.Korea would.
Hanney: you are a mistress to the BK, and a lousy clown to the Islamist terrorists. Unveil your head and get a better job to do!

Obama has said on many

Obama has said on many occasions that his ultimate goal is zero nuclear weapons. The only two countries in the world that can make that goal possible are the US and Russia, who hold 75% of world nuclear weapons stockpiles. It is sheer lunacy for anyone to advocate for more new countries to acquire nuclear weapons just because of fairness. The best thing for world security is to prevent non nuclear nations, especially rogue nations such as North Korea from attaining nuclear status. As for America protecting its interests, what are they supposed to do, work against their interests?

Another UNDERWEAR BOMBER IN THE MAKING, HANNATU?

In Hannatu, it seems we are seeing another possible underwear bomber in the making. How could Hannatu be so warped in her thought process that she propagated her idea that once the US has nuclear arms, there is nothing wrong from North Korea also having nuclear arms.
Hanatu, you seem to be overtly jealous of the Western world. This is the trade mark of fanatics of Islam who would do anything to inflict pains on the Western world. This was the same idea that guarded Hannatu's kin, the underwear bomber Mutallab.
Hannatu had better guard her rhetoric.

Pathetic and myopic analysis 4

Finally, imagine what would happen in the middle-east if all the Arab states decide not to fight against Israel. There would be peace!!! But imagine, what would happen if Israel decides to do away with its defense systems. The state of Israel will stop to exist the very next day. That is why some states need to retain nuclear arms and others do not deserve them.

Pathetic and myopic analysis 3

Sorry Hannatu, America is doing what is right to ensure that what is good for North Korea is good for South Korea. Yes, America protects its economic interests but so do other countries except the ones that had been run by morons like Babangida and Abacha, who wasted Nigerian resources fighting wars across West Africa without consideration for Nigeria’s economic interests.
The only sense made in the whole write up is the call for disarmament, but there still need for a strong country to whip the bullies of this planet into line. A world in which Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan have long range nuclear missiles is better imagined.

Pathetic and myopic analysis 1

She conveniently forgot that that Ghadaffi ordered the downing of the Pan-Am flight over Lockerbie and to the chagrin of the families of the victims and all right thinking people of the world to which Hannatu does not belong, gave the mastermind a hero’s welcome when out of compassion even for the mass murderer that he was, the west set him free.For the miserable little minds like Hannatu, if what is good for the goose is good for the gander, then North Korea should not threaten South Korea and Japan with nukes. North Korean citizens need freedom to write and say their minds like Hannatu does freely albeit with a lot of sick bias. America has not invaded, occupied and colonized countries like the Ottoman Empire did. I am yet to see any condemnation of the Ottoman Empire’s evil exploits from Hannatu and her ilk, but at every turn, the west that has promoted freedom is vilified even for whipping the bullies like North Korea into line.

Pathetic and myopic analysis 1

In a world of "equals", leadership is needed for stability. To be leader in such a world, you have to be able to whip deviants like North Korea and Iraq into line. Hannatu as usual, suffering selective amnesia, forgot that the Iraqi invasion of poor Kuwait caused the first Gulf war and that Afghan based terrorists murdered over 3000 Americans on 911 without provocation before America struck the Taliban regime. I can bet my bottom kobo that the same warped Hannatu is begging the west to support the insurgency in Syria to oust Assad while condemning them for supporting the ouster of Ghadaffi.

A group by the name Concerned

A group by the name Concerned Stakeholders of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has asked the party leadership to rethink its participation in the ongoing merger talks with other opposition parties.The leader of the group, Mallam Isah Bala, in a written petition to the National Chairman of ANPP alleged that the proposed All Progressives Congress (APC) is a sole project of the national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ahmed Bola Tinubu. Bala alleged that Tinubu had previously registered a political party, Action Peoples Congress (APC) with its address at plot 779 Ona Crescent, Off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, under the Prof. Maurice Iwu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Pathetic and myopic analysis 2

She conveniently forgot that that Ghadaffi ordered the downing of the Pan-Am flight over Lockerbie and to the chagrin of the families of the victims and all right thinking people of the world to which Hannatu does not belong, gave the mastermind a hero’s welcome when out of compassion even for the mass murderer that he was, the west set him free.
For the miserable little minds like Hannatu, if what is good for the goose is good for the gander, then North Korea should not threaten South Korea and Japan with nukes. North Korean citizens need freedom to write and say their minds like Hannatu does freely albeit with a lot of sick bias. America has not invaded, occupied and colonized countries like the Ottoman Empire did. I am yet to see any condemnation of the Ottoman Empire’s evil exploits from Hannatu and her ilk, but at every turn, the west that has given the world its current progress and promoted freedom is vilified even for whipping the bullies like North Korea into line.

Pathetic and myopic analysis 1

In a world of "equals", leadership is needed for stability. To be leader in such a world, you have to be able to whip deviants like North Korea and Iraq into line. Hannatu as usual, suffering selective amnesia, forgot that the Iraqi invasion of poor Kuwait caused the first Gulf war and that Afghan based terrorists murdered over 3000 Americans on 911 without provocation before America struck the Taliban regime. I can bet my bottom kobo that the same warped Hannatu is begging the west to support the insurgency in Syria to oust Assad while condemning them for supporting the ouster of Ghadaffi.

Obama have said on many

Obama have said on many occasions that his ultimate goal is zero nuclear weapons. The only two countries in the world that can make that goal possible are the US and Russia, who hold 75% of world nuclear weapons stockpiles. It is sheer lunacy for anyone to advocate for more new countries to acquire nuclear weapons just because of fairness. The best thing for world security is to prevent non nuclear nations, especially rogue nations such as North Korea from attaining nuclear status. As for America protecting its interests, what are they supposed to do, work against their interests?

Hannatu please you need to do

Hannatu please you need to do the remix of this article so that some people can understand it well.

Check: http://usaveone.blogspot.com

A naive and reactionary view,

A naive and reactionary view, which says nothing new. America is only doing what any serious country should, protecting its interests. China, Russia, Germany and other serious countries will do the same thing, if they were in the same position. Naturally there is an element of hypocrisy involved. As is said, history is written by the victors. And as a notable British politician once said, "there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests". The problem in Nigeria is that the Amala politicians are so busy pursuing their own selfish financial interests that they have no time to guide the country to pursue the national interest. So it continues to lurch about aimlessly, without direction.

You are missing the point

What you have in North Korea goes beyond nuclear weapon possession. It is about power usurpation by the ruling class. They have to constantly flex their muscles to remain relevant. Things are very bad for the people of North Korea, so the government like any other corrupt government in the world has to identify a common enemy for the people to buy into in order to distract from the real issue. Same as in Nigeria when things begin to sound very bad, the politicians start talking of political enemies and enemies of the people. Leave American out of it. Let’s talk about our own Nigeria for a start. There is also this thing called bi-lateral agreements on various issues which the US has with South Korea. By the way, I lived in South Korea and worked at the DMZ.

that is another brilliant

that is another brilliant post HANNY.you just made my day.injustice any where is threat to justice everywhere.US & ISTRAEL are evil to the world peace.

Re- Goose and the Gander

This is a well articulated presentation. I wish Some other scholars of the likes of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Prof Dunmoye, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq, Dr. Wader, Dr. Kabir Mato, and co. would make similar contributions to this write-up.

"Mrs Abu Qaqa"?

Hannatu, u write quite well, but d choice of yur Topics hasn't gone un-noticed.U seem to b either writting controversial articles on BokoHaram or blasting BokoHaram 'enemies' like U.S.
I just hope a pretty lady like u is not tied up with Al-Qaeda & d likes..you know, like being their Propagandist/SpokesWoman..Hannatu for SR, Mrs QaQa for BH..Angel by day, Phantom by night.Sorry just thinking Aloud....

Re what is good for the goose........

This is a good write up with an audacity of hope in it i hope all the peace loving people of the world will join hand with you to tell the unjust people of the world not only America the rest of europe too so that the will come to terms with reality

The truth is bitter

Yes ,Hannatu this is the plain truth may Allah bless you.

The truth is bitter

Yes ,Hannatu this is the plain truth may Allah bless you.

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