With North Korea’s recent nuclear test and the West’s increasing fears that an armed missile could reach the shores of the United States, foreign-policy experts have offered a range of options Washington could take to deal with the threat.

On today’s WND Opinion page, two such pundits offer diametrically opposed paths: Longtime conservative commentator Pat Buchanan says it’s time for the U.S. to pull all its troops from the Korean peninsula, while Franklin Raff, veteran talk-radio producer, believes that America should take action to save North Koreans at risk of starvation – by invading the Marxist nation.

“Marx, Lenin and even Stalin would disassociate themselves from North Korea,” writes Raff. “Her forcibly impoverished ‘citizens,’ who live in constant fear of imprisonment, die as a matter of course for lack of basic nourishment. Famine is conventional. Her primary domestic product is infant mortality.”

Raff compares effective intervention to the impact such U.S. action would have had in the early days of the Holocaust. (Read Raff’s column, “We must invade North Korea.”)

Buchanan, on the other hand, asserts that the United States wouldn’t be the No. 1 target of North Korea if there weren’t thousands of American military personnel in the Demilitarized Zone.

Writes Buchanan: “Why were U.S. troops not withdrawn from Korea at the end of the Cold War? Why should we have to fight Seoul’s war if Pyongyang attacks, when the South is capable of fighting and winning its own war?

“Why is South Korea’s defense still America’s obligation?”

Read Buchanan’s entire column, “Why are we still on the DMZ?”

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