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Andrew Neil: No war with North Korea

By Greg Richter and Kathleen Walter   |   Friday, 29 Mar 2013 09:01 PM

Despite rumblings from 28-year-old leader Kim Jong Un, one of Britain's most influential journalists and broadcasters, Andrew Neil, tells Newsmax TV that he doesn’t see a new war breaking out between the United States and North Korea.

China is likely to rein in its ally, Neil says, to maintain stability in the area.

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The Pacific region is America’s manifest destiny for the 21st century, Neil tells Newsmax. “It isn’t Europe. It isn’t the Middle East. It isn’t even Africa. It is the Pacific,” he said. “All of America’s challenges, opportunities, problems and solutions are going to come from the Pacific region and more and more, in military terms, the U.S. will have to be more engaged there.”

Neil also spoke with Newsmax about the British government losing its fight to deport Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada. Ministers say he could not be sent back to Jordan to face terrorism charges, because he could face trial based on evidence obtained by torture.

The problem is the courts, Neil said. Courts now rule on the European Convention on Human Rights, which doesn’t allow deportation if the suspect might be tortured or if any of the evidence against him might have been obtained through torture. Those on the far right, he said, would favor sending Qatada out of the country.

On another subject, Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron isn’t what most Americans would see as a conservative in the vein of Margaret Thatcher, he said.

“I mean, in America, nobody would regard him as a conservative. He’s probably to the left of half of the Democrat Party here.

Obama, on the other hand, is still highly regarded in Great Britain, and throughout Europe.

“The symbolism of the first black president was huge in the rest of the world, particularly in Europe,” Neil told Newsmax. “People in Europe don’t have the same concerns that American conservatives have of him because these Europeans are more to the left anyway.”

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