A photo in today’s London Telegraph sparked a thought. It showed “Prince” Charles and Diana leaving the church on their wedding day. He wore a flashy military uniform with all sorts of decorations, earned for some bogus feats and used to impress the gullible.
If one is honest, this is no different than the antics of The Young Un posing with the North Korean military. Each government is attempting to promote the “leader” of the nation as a military personality. As anyone knows, a uniform with lots of medals or a brandished firearm is a sure sign of leadership quality. Just look at Gaddafi, Idi Amin, Shah of Iran, etc...
As some might know (most don’t), history is not what happened, but what people want to believe happened.
If one watches the Daily Show, which is supposed to be comedy/satire, one is often able to pick up facts that have been missed or ignored by “serious” news media. One case in point happened during an interview with Jimmy Carter, former US President, often denigrated by less-good people (primarily on the Right). He related how he had brokered a nuclear non-proliferation agreement with North Korea, at the behest of President Clinton. Upon being given the presidency in 2000, the Bush Administration cancelled the agreement. With this in mind, is it any wonder that North Korea feels justified in re-starting its nuclear program. It seems that belligerence is more profitable.
NB. I still think that North Korea is a reprehensible regime, one of the most-brutal ever to thrive on this earth. But, history has proven that they can be bought off..
Have you noticed that the two people with which Americans are most obsessed--albeit in different media--are both name Kim?
A British journalist traveled as tourist to North Korea and files a report about what he saw on his heavily controlled and choreographed tour. Such reports probably do not receive much covering in the United States,
I disagree with the comparison to Nazi Germany and not Stalin's Russia. Hitler, for all his faults and unspeakable sins against others, did not treat his own people as badly as the Kim clan treats the poor humans unlucky enough to be born in North Korea (unless they get into the Army). Stalin let millions of his fellow citizens starve to death; Hitler built houses for poor Germans. When rating dictators, one must distinguish between treatment of one's own and treatment of foreigners.
NB. Notice the uniforms of the officers: soon, these guys will have to pin their phony decorations on their trousers...
If one reads various reports out of North Korea and pieces together bits and pieces, a possible picture can be formed. One does not have to be a CIA analyst to read the tea leaves.
The last “Great Leader” had more than one wife and more than one potential heir. Obviously, jockeying for position has been taking place for a long time. It makes sense that a sister of the last “Great Leader” and daughter of the first “Great Leader” would have some power and have a say in the successor. She has obviously put her weight (unlike fellow citizens, she gets to eat) behind the Jung Un, since she can be seen in photographs (significant in the Age of Photoshop).
There are reported to be factions within the military which supported different heirs. These must be purged, and all must be convinced that the young turkey is a suitable heir to greatness (in more than just girth). This explains all the belligerent photo ops, which might impress local yokels, but certainly make him look like the fool he certainly is. And, fear of loss of privileges (such as food, uniforms with endless medals, sun glasses, etc.) works wonders on military men.
This entire charade would be even more ridiculous, if nuclear weapons were not involved. I wonder if the Jung Un even knows that they are not a video game...
Here is a good example of how politicians attempt to use stupid arguments to waste taxpayers’ money. Of course, every political leaders knows how easy it is to fool citizens.
Great Britain, like most countries, is having money trouble. Budgets must be cut, so lobbying intensifies. Losers are the lowest on the totem pole, yet crucial to society: police, nurses, firemen, and teachers. Sacred are politicians privileges and military spending...except on the troops.
On major budget item is nuclear submarines. Who needs, a sensible person might ask? The obvious answer is: no one. But, the obvious truth is that the defense industry needs them and has politicians in their back pocket.
To the rescue rides a much-loathed figure: Kim Un Jung, the child dictator of North Korea, the stupidest nation to ever exist. But, you saw, this turkey poses no threat to the UK, which is on the other side of the globe.
That might be true, but that does not prevent the British prime minister from justifying wasting taxpayer money on nuclear submarines to defend against the threat to an unruly child. If the Brits were fool enough to buy the claim that Saddam Hussein could attack them in 45 minutes using weapons of mass destruction, then why not believe that North Korea could attack them?
I think I have figured out why the North Korean Boy Wonder is acting so weird. He has obviously seen the film The Mouse That Roared, about a small country that tries to start--and lose--a war with the United States. He knows that Americans are foolish enough to invest billions into any country with which they fight a war. And, are foolish enough to enter into another stupid war. Republican warmongers are happy to have a enemy to wave in the face of Democrats. And, Democrats have this unexplainable urge to appear “strong”.
The original article was funny, but this is fall-down, roll-around-on-the-floor-laughing hilarious.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.