Saturday, November 27, 2010
Kids grow up so fast these days. It seems only yesterday that little Kim Jong-Un (son of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il) was learning to drive, nervously going on a first date, and visiting the "Dad & Lad" store to buy his first XXXL leisure suit. And now, in another rite of passage, the presumed leader-to-be of North Korea ordered the bombardment of South Korea while sneering at the United States.
The portly 27-year old was said to be touring the facility which shelled South Korea shortly before the attack, calling into question whether he was really listening when his father said "you can look, but don't touch anything."
Despite the fact that previous provocations from Kim Jong-Il have generated no significant response from Barack Obama, the shelling of South Korea has caused the American president to unleash his much-feared "strategic patience," issue a broadside of statements sending "a clear message of restraint," and there is talk...quietly, fearfully...that as a measure of last resort, the president will consider the use of his frowny face.
In all seriousness, the situation is extremely volatile and dangerous, and the world is now holding its breath. All of which illustrates the danger of letting children run militarily powerful countries.
On either side of the globe.