…is a question in some peoples’ minds as North Korea continues its missile testing programme with some alacrity. Kim Jong Un is claiming self defence but the Western world are viewing the situation as a threat.
Both sides of the story are plausible, although we in the West are only treated to one side of the story as the propaganda machine rolls on relentlessly, urging us to see North Korea’s leader as an unstable and dangerous warmonger who’s only reason to live has become the destruction of the USA. That’s as may be, but no one knows for sure and the propaganda machine depends on this lack of concrete knowledge for its success. Remember Iraq anyone ?
However, what if Kim Jong Un is merely looking after the interests of his country, albeit dictatorially ? If anything, he isn’t stupid, contrary to what our propaganda would lead us to believe. He only has to look at all the wars going on around the world at present and realise, like the rest of us, that America doesn’t invade countries who can fight back and cause damage to American soil. And now that he has a missile which can reach the US mainland, his insurance policy is securely underwritten and he can get back to doing whatever it is that dictators do on a Friday afternoon.
Many other factors come into play in what is potentially a very serious situation. Other countries in much closer proximity to North Korea than the USA are also watching with interest and are probably in possession of more intelligence. Therefore, they are suggesting other viable solutions which don’t involve nuking the North Koreans’ homeland.
Bullies don’t like it when their victims retaliate, and I don’t see any reason why North Korea shouldn’t have a deterrent like many other countries. Kim Jong Un seems to be making the point that the rest of the world should leave North Korea to get on with things in their own way, without unsolicited Western interference. Perhaps if we did that and respected their sovereignty, things would return to a more peaceful atmosphere.
Meanwhile, in Britain…
…Theresa May’s woes considerably deepen as a new poll suggests that Labour have taken a substantial lead over the Tories. This will be seen by her peers as another nail in her already well studded political coffin into which she steadfastly refuses to climb.
The lady in question is currently attending the G20 summit in Hamburg, sitting alongside some of the most powerful and respected leaders in the world. Her current credentials include neither powerful nor respected and this certainly won’t have gone unnoticed by the other attendees who will take full advantage of her non status and penchant for U turns. This can”t be allowed to continue. We deserve someone with the qualities of real leadership to represent our views at these events or we will remain the laughing stock of the world.
more to come…