Again, with the North Koreans.
North Korea fired another missile over Japan. There must be some sort of rhyme or reason to their actions. One time they shoot one high and short that lands in the Pacific near a school of tuna and the next time it is low and long with boasts about taking out the multiple Starbucks on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The last missile was low and long and could have reached Guam if it was pointed in that direction.
What puzzles me, is the logic to all of this missile popping. Either the North Korea is board certified-crazy or it is your little brother on the side of the house playing with matches. It is like
a group of boys with bottle rockets aiming them to land on their neighbor’s front porch just to piss-off the old fart that lives there.
At this time, I am going to go with crazy just because it is extremely cold there. I know this is unfair. A lot of the world’s population lives in cold places. You do not see the Swedes shooting missiles over Norway and into the Norwegian Sea.
North Korea, however, is the strange family.
They live in the house on the end of the only dead-end street in the neighborhood. Nobody passes in front of the house because nobody has reason to go down there. The mailman does not go down there. On a rare occasions a dim light can be seen in an upstairs window. They home school their kids. They ignore all Home Owners Association regulations – their garbage just appears on the curb at random times and the only time you see them is when they come out yelling and screaming, waving a meat cleaver while chasing the local stray cat stupid enough to wonder into their yard.
But then maybe it is a daddy thing. On September 9, 1948 Kim IL-sung became the leader of North Korea. He held various titles of authority during his life but when he died on July 8, 1994 he was elevated to “Eternal President of the Republic.” From the time Grand Dad took control of Korea we have had 13 Presidents. And yes two of them were daddy and son. I do not know but I am sure following the Eternal President was a tough act Kim Jong-il to follow. Maybe Kim Jong-un is just trying to live up to his Grand Dad’s Korean War carnage with his missiles and earn a larger than life statue in Pyongyang.
The Eternal President of the Republic invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950 in what he termed the “Fatherland Liberation War.” Two days later the United Nations sanctioned military action against the invasion. If not for Chinese intervention Kim IL-sung may have spent the rest of his eternal life in an exile’s grave in the Soviet Union or China.
The war, however, turned into a “meat grinder,” one of attrition. It was a modern day World War I with jets. An armistice was signed on July 1953 that created a Demilitarized Zone and from there we have sat watching the Kim Dynasty’s dementia grow as it is being passed down from father to son. Instead of diplomats and generals maybe we need a couple of shrinks and couch.
The United States has had some experience in dealing with dynasties. After all we won our independence from George III — the House of Hanover. We fought the “divine wind” in the Pacific during World War II that brought the “heavenly sovereign” of Japan back down to earth.
But North Korea is different. Diplomatic or military options may not be the best way to deal with today’s 30 something adult male with missiles and launch codes. It may be better to treat the youngest Kim as you would your nephew who has not emerged from his parent’s basement since the last version of Call of Duty was released.
The problem is nowhere on the planet has anybody come up with how to deal with these cellar dwellers. Parents have quit sending food down to them. They have turned the lights out on them and have tried not to think what they do with their waste products. Their dedication to duty has their six-inch Howard Hughes’ finger-nailed claws clutching a controller like life itself depends on it.
Instead of treating North Korea as a militarily, it should be considered it an insane asylum. Instead of sanctions the UN should Baker Act Kim Jong-un. After nearly 70 years of Kim rule, maybe its time to send in the guys wearing white coats and carrying straight jackets. Then herd the lot them off to a padded cell.
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