As we prepare to go to war with Iraq, bad, bad things are going down on the Korean peninsula. A candidate running on what amounts to an anti-American platform just won South Korea’s presidential election, and North Korea is thumbing its nose at America and the UN. It doesn’t bode well for the US foreign policy program that South Koreans are feeling more charitable toward their neighbors to the north than they are toward the United States. It’s pretty clear that one of the key reasons for North Korea’s renewed defiance is that they feel that South Korea has their back. A few months ago I would have said that I thought Iraq was still a greater threat than North Korea, but I don’t think so any more.