Greater than Caesar! Greater than Napoleon! Greater than Nobunaga or Hideyoshi! Greater than Alexander! Greater than Genghis Khan!
That would be this guy, according to today's declaration of war against the United States and South Korea- a fat, petulant 29 year old with exactly zero military experience:
"They should clearly know that in the era of Marshal Kim Jong Un, the greatest-ever commander, all things are different from what they used to be in the past."
Okay, here is what is really going on behind this ridiculous bluster: North Korea is a country that keeps its entire population in near starvation while it devotes practically all of its resources to its military. Anyone with the slightest experience with dictators knows perfectly well that a large part of those resources are siphoned off into the pockets of top-level politicians and military leaders. Kim himself is said to have five billion stashed overseas.
Kim's main job as "leader" of the country is to keep his people so petrified by the thought of invasion that they put up with this theft of their resources. He knows perfectly well that if he fails at this simple task, he will disappear within days, at the hands of his own generals, who have no intention of seeing the gravy train come to a halt. All of his belligerent talk is directed at his own people, not the outside world.
There is one problem, however, with this otherwise comforting news. We are talking about a coddled 29 year old that has people all around him telling him that he is the military genius of the ages, in a country that, like the United States, undoubtedly has its share of Neocons urging him into any hopeless war that comes along. In the hands of a Bismarck, or even a Kissinger, we could easily afford to write off all the fuming. But in this case there is the outside chance that things could slip out of control, the North could engage in one provocation too many, and the game would be on. Even Hitler made this mistake when he invaded Poland, and to his great surprise, Britain and the Soviet Union entered the war. And anyone familiar with the manner in which country after country were sucked into World War I knows what the result could be.
Any real military action on the part of North Korea would quickly result in its decimation and the destruction of its government. But that would likely not come before horrible loss of life in South Korea, and possibly Japan too, and immense suffering in the North. So as ludicrous as the behavior of the North Korean government is, they are playing with a loaded gun, and it could go off at any time.