Friday, July 7, 2017
North Korea Again
Okay, it is apparently time once again for me to point out the truth about North Korea's belligerent posturing that should be obvious to people with even the most shallow knowledge of the way things work.
North Korea is a military dictatorship, and what's more, a very poor one that devotes an obscene portion of its revenue to its military. Now, anyone who knows a thing about military dictatorships knows that most of that money ends up in the pockets of the generals, who are the actual rulers of their country, not some bumbling thirty year old nitwit.
Do you think these generals would really leave the security of their racket in the hands of this buffoon? No, it is completely obvious that Kim Jong Un has one role and one role only to play in his country's rule, and that is to keep the populace so frightened of foreign attack that they tolerate being reduced to poverty so the generals can have all the money. These generals, however, enjoy being able to grow rich from this arrangement, and if there is one thing they know it is that, if they start a real war with the United States, every one of them will be killed, and that will be the end of the good life for them.
The obvious conclusion from all of this is that Kim's bellicose talk is, like most of Donald Trump's bluster, intended for internal consumption only. He knows perfectly well what would happen if North Korea launches a missile toward the United States, and presumably he would rather live than die. Other Presidents, and other world leaders, have recognized this fact, so while Kim's belligerence has often required them to reply, they have been careful to pretty much let him rave away, which is really the adult way to handle him. Not so for our idiot leader Trump, who could actually end up in a vicious war in which millions of South Korean and Japanese citizens are potential victims, all because he is too stupid and hostile to be able to comprehend the nature of even this relatively simple problem.