I sent the following (after some minor modifications) in an email to a few friends with regards to this post by Richard Fernandez at The Belmont Club. I will post some of the responses over the next few days.
...this new crisis comes [NORKs retreating from nuclear deal with the U.S.] on the heels of Georgia and events in Pakistan. About the only good news is ironically from Iraq. What’s going on? The question is whether we are still in the End of History, at “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal,” or whether the stars are veiled; a sleepless malice is stirring, and a new menace is taking shape, not for the last time but in our time.
I agree something is up. But more likely to be confluence of interests than a veiled malice. I think I was only recently reading that the NORKs had crossed the rubicon in terms of sustainability. By NORKs I mean the head honchos. Something about murmurs that the military are going to depose the Great Leader. Seems like the NORKs want some immediate liquidity. And Americans and Europeans are focused on the Caucuses and Pakistan and Iran. Hence the NORKs more brazen and confident.
Agree that we could be seeing the black swan moment in international affairs of the 21st century unfolding. If it does occur, then it will make September 11 pale in comparison. The Europeans may need to dust off those sabres yet.