Events Confirm the Need to Restore Strategic Balance by ProQuest

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The fact remains that, unless the United States is careful, such antagonism easily could set off the same sort of mindless competitive protectionism that helped turn the market crash of 1929 into a worldwide economic depression, from which only a world war - to which it roundly contributed finally "rescued" us. Pyongyang's relations with its southern neighbor have been deteriorating for months, and while some Koreawatchers speculate that its recent belligerence might simply reflect an internal power struggle, its past behavior warns against discounting the secretive communist regime's readiness to risk destabilizing the peninsula for purposes that it alone understands.

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