I’ve come to believe that Kim Jong-il is crazy like a fox, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is simply a stupid figurehead who is good at ruffling feathers.
I also believe that the United States has finally reached a point of impotence – it can do nothing without being criticized. Actually, the United States of American is criticized the most when it does do nothing.
Let’s start with North Korea. Korea was an independent country at one time. Then it was taken over by Japan and held until the end of World War II, at which time it was split (very much like Germany) with the northern half controlled by Russia and the southern half controlled by the United States.
It must be noted that the Korean people were never consulted about this move. Considering they were a captive audience to WW II, it seems rather unjust that they should have to endure continued domination. By 1950, the cold war between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had ‘heated’ up and Korea became a ‘playing’ field for the two super powers to test each other’s will.
The U.S. never called the conflict a ‘war’; it was a ‘policing action’ or a ‘conflict’, but not a war. (Try explaining that to the many families who lost loved ones in the conflict.)
By 1953, the two sides (numerous nations were involved – once again it appears that the people of Korea were simply a captive audience) agreed to a truce. The borders were left as they were when the country was initially divided. Nobody won. Korea lost the most.
South Korea, following the model of American capitalism, thrived. North Korea, following the model of Soviet socialism, did the opposite. Frequent famines were ignored by the leaders. Whatever resources the nation had were used to strengthen a military to protect them from the aggressors to the south… the Koreans who wanted no more part in a war not of their making.
The current leader has been in power far too long. He has done nothing to better the lives of his subjects and yet they treat him like a god. Is their fear so great that they must bow down and honor him?
A few months ago I watched a TV show about doctors who traveled to North Korea and operated on people with terrible medical problems. After they had been cured by the foreign doctors, they gave thanks to Kim Jong-il. Go figure!
In all honesty, I do have to give credit to Kim Jong-il. His country could easily be wiped off the face of the earth by China, the United States, and a number of other countries. So, what does he do? He threatens to destroy the otehr countries… and takes particular aim at South Korea – the one country that wouldn’t be able to annihilate his army.
And what do the super powers do? They get him to sign treaties (that he totally ignores) in exchange for enough food to feed his people for a year or two. When his people start going hungry again, he starts his threats again.
He is now threatening to fire a missile toward Hawaii. He has also sent out a ship with a reputation of carrying weapons and materials for nuclear weapons and dares the United States to stop it. He says anything we do to stop his current plans will be seen as an act of aggression at which point he was destroy U.S. cities.
How many of you remember Peter Sellers in a movie called, “The Mouse that Roared”?
Now, if the U.S. stops the ships, boards it, and finds nothing more than medical supplies, President Obama has egg on his face. And I’ll bet Kim Jong-il doesn’t destroy a single city. He’ll just yell and scream about the ugly Americans.
And if he fires the missile in the direction of Hawaii and we destroy it, he’ll say it was a communications satellite and insist we pay reparations.
And if we do nothing, he gains power in the eyes of his people.
Like I said, we have been made impotent. Regardless of what we say or do, we can be seen as the arrogant aggressor.
As for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the recent election (try not to laugh) demonstrated that he has no power whatsoever. He is simply following orders. The real power in that country belongs to the guy in the white beard… and he ain’t no Santa Claus. He’s just another wild-eyed religious radical.
Notice I did call him an Islamic radical. From what I’ve seen, all religious radicals are basically the same… regardless of the religion.
So, these minor despots will continue to yank the chain of Uncle Sam simply because the United States is powerless to stop them.