The faces of North Korea

This is the face most of us have assigned to North Korea;

kim jong un

But this is the face we should all be thinking about;

Smiling kids in Pyongyang

It is very easy to forget that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has a population of 25 million people, not just one. Unfortunately all of our Presidents saber rattling as pissed the “one” off and honestly I am not sure Trump as thought much beyond his tweets at what exactly he plans or proposes to do with the Supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.

All of us, every American, knew going in that Trump is a bully. That is what some of us hate most about him, that is what some of you love most about him. As one rocket scientist Trump supporter told me “He don’t take no shit”. Yup, that is exactly what I was looking for in a world leader, someone whose mouth, or thumbs, writes checks that his ass can’t cash. Oh wait, he can cash them. He has discovered that he has an arsenal of bombs available at his beck and call. Think about it for a second, we have given the neighborhood bully, the guy that dunked your head in the toilet and then gave you a wedgie bombs to play with. Any idea who we should be more scared of Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un?

“China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea so, while nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will” – Donald Trump tweet 4-21-17

What exactly is the North Korean problem? That they are making bombs? Maybe even nuclear weapons? We have bombs. We have nuclear weapons. Why doesn’t that make us a problem? We are currently pointing missiles at them, why wouldn’t they point missiles back at us?

“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” – Donald Trump tweet 4-16-17

The Human Rights Watch groups describes North Korea this way; “Under the rule of Kim Jong-Un, North Korea remains among the world’s most repressive countries. All basic freedoms have been severely restricted under the Kim family’s political dynasty. A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea were without parallel in the contemporary world. They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture and abuse, starvation rations, and forced labor.” 

I get it, it is a bad place, with a very bad leader or in Trump parlance, a bad hombre. But again, what is the plan Mr. President? What is the goal? To blow them off the face of the earth?

Our President is focused on the wrong face, we all are focused on the wrong face. We can’t save one by bombing the shit out of the other. We can’t save one by sending threatening tweets to the other. We can’t save one and destroy the other by threatening China either. Last time I checked China was not in our debt we are in theirs to the tune of $1.059 trillion. What’s our leverage with China? I am pretty sure that topic wasn’t covered in Trump: The Art of the Deal. I guess he is in the process of writing that chapter next. The question is are we ready to read it or better yet live through it?

“I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.” – Donald Trump tweet 4-13-17


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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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13 Responses to The faces of North Korea

  1. Does the US have any allies left other than Russia?

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  2. William Tell says:

    (1) Do we, in fact, have any missiles pointed at them? (2) I gather you’ve not paid much attention to North Korea until very lately. The regime has, on the one hand, a long history of reckless belligerence in its propoganda, constantly using the U.S. as a bogey-man to shake its fist at, to the end of keeping the population in fear. On the other hand, its obsession with having an able-bodied military, at the expense of the welfare of the rest of the nation, has had the effect through hunger of reducing the height of the average person in that country by three inches in the past forty years. These various issues present no easy solution.

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  3. Drum roll please……as we assess the world situation with deep concern for our survival, our industrial/military complex dances in their boardrooms with flashing dollar signs lighting up their eyes. $$$$$$$$ Ka-ching, Ka-ching. As long as war is so extremely profitable, we will be making war, sacrificing our young heroes, and creating wealth. Ka-ching. That is who America is. We are not kind, benevolent or altruistic. We got filthy rich on the backs of the world’s poor and oppressed. Bleeding heart egalitarians like myself just need to grow up…..or maybe move into the swamps with the snakes and gators.

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  4. Autumn Cote says:

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  5. green says:

    Kim, that’s a very nice shirt

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