Chairman of the Workers Party of North Korea Kim Jong-un has tested 87 missiles, which is more than double the number that his father and grandfather did.
Kim Jong-un’s age remains a mystery in his secluded country
No less than four birthday dates are circulating in the world. North Korean records affirm that he was born on 8 January 1982, South Korean ones agree that he was born on the same day but a year later (8 January 1983), American ones ditto but two years later (8 January 1984), and finally Swiss ones on 5 July 1984.
It is noteworthy to mention that North Korean records are giving him the oldest age for a good reason. Unlike his father who had plenty of time to prepare himself for ruling the country, he was too young and inexperienced when he succeeded him after his sudden passing on December 28, 2011.
Kim Jong-Un attended a private English-language school in Bern, Switzerland, under the name of Chol-Pak from 1993 to 1998. He was registered as the son of an employee of the North Korean embassy. He was described by classmates as a shy student who was awkward with girls and indifferent to political issues, but passionate about sports, and particularly about basketball. He was fascinated with the American National Basketball League, and his idol was Michael Jordan.
His father Kim Jong-il nurtured a different passion for America. His exclusive interest was in Hollywood movies, and his idol was Elvis Presley. The tabloid newspaper Sun reported that he copied his bouffant hairstyle. His delusion of grandeur was unstoppable. In 1978, he ordered the kidnapping of his favorite South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, and greeted her at his compound by saying: “Small as a midget’s turd, am I not?” (He was five feet, two inches tall) She was forced to act in North Korean movies until her escape during a trip to Vienna, Austria, in 1986. Besides his giant collection of 20,000 Hollywood video tapes, Kim Jong-il also had a huge porn collection.
Another collector of porn movies was Osama Bin Laden. Former Navy Seal Matt Bissonnette, who participated in the operation code-named Neptune Spear that killed him, wrote a book under the pen name Mark Owen entitled No Easy Day: the Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden. He mentioned that detail when searching the compound where Bin Laden spent his last ten years. The place was less than a mile from the Pakistani Military Academy in Abbottabad. Pakistani obvious protection of the most wanted criminal of the twenty-first century added to the list of blunders perpetrated by the American diplomacy. It supported Pakistan instead of India after the partition of the Indian Empire on August 15, 1947.
Kim Jong-un had an accelerated apprenticeship when his father decided that his youngest son was the less inept to succeed him. His older brother Kim Jong-chul never passed the test. He wrote poems in favor of peace, and he was a mega fan of Eric Clapton. Despite the North Korean Iron Curtain, he managed to fly to London where he was seen at an Eric Clapton concert at Albert Hall. He offended the North Korean regime when he was seen again at an Eric Clapton concert in Singapore.
Among the qualities needed to perpetuate the Kim dynasty, the young Kim Jong-un was endowed with an early attraction to military parade. He chose to wear a Soviet military uniform for his birthday. He proved fully his ruthlessness when his uncle-in-law Jang Song-thaek, who played the regent, and the Army chief Ri Yong Ho, who was his father’s pallbearer, were both arrested for treachery. In the same vein as Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceacescu and his spouse, they were quickly judged and condemned in a masqueraded trial, and executed by a firing squad. Jang’s entire family was less lucky than him. They were executed in a horrendous manner. Some including adults and children were killed with flamethrowers! Others were shot with anti-aircraft guns, which reduced their bodies to pulp before an outdoor audience. The message was unambiguously clear: “If you screw me, I will kill you in a nasty way.” His half-brother Kim Jong Nam was killed in the Russian style when two women threw two separate liquids on his face at the Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia, on February 13, 2017. The two harmless chemical components became deadly when mixed together.
Kim Jong-un was familiarized with video games and remote-controlled cars at an early age by Kenji Fujimoto, a Japanese cook, who spent his leisure hours as a playmate for the Kim children. Unfortunately, this early addiction to war games became a concern when Kim Jong-un was endowed with real missiles when he succeeded his father in 2012. It explains his addiction of firing them over Japan, the motherland of play-stations and video-games.
For all Kim Jong Il’s eccentricity, he cultivated his brinkmanship with America in ways that his son has not. C.I.A. Jerrold Post, the founder of the psychological-profile unit, said, “He always seemed to know the boundaries.” He willfully played the mad man until he always got something in return from President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. I was well placed to know their shenanigans when I worked at the French Mission to the United Stations in the nineties. Appeasement policy always leads to dishonor and disaster, but Democrats have unlearned Winston Churchill’s famous quote.
Kim Jong-un brazenness is another concern
Before assuming power, he wanted to show his mettle to the clique of generals who rule the country since the ceasefire was declared along the 38th North parallel on July 27, 1953.
On March 26, 2010, Kim Jong-un embarked upon a brazen military operation when a North-Korean submarine torpedoed the Cheonan, a corvette of the Republic of Korea Navy. 46 sailors were killed and 56 wounded. On July 9, 2010, the United Nations Security Council condemned the attack, and stressed the need to prevent further attacks without identifying the attacker.
(http://www.un.org/press/en/2010/sc9975.doc.htm) That shameful hypocrisy was supported by American ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, Secretary of State John Kelly, and President Barack Obama. Kim Jong-un comforted the old clique that he was not shy of confrontation. It was more domestic positioning than anything else for him at that time. Thanks to his brazenness, he was promoted to the rank of general.
However, this rapid rise in the military hierarchy has nurtured not only his hubris, his audacity, but also his feeling that he would never be caught. He keeps pushing provocation because he is convinced of his impunity through his nuclear arsenal.
The monster threat to the West Coast caused by the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea is the result of Appeasement policy, which started with President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Altogether rebel, pacifist, and pontificate, California deserves its fate. Remember the outrage of mainstream media and Democrat leaders when President George W. Bush declared, in his State of the Union Address on January 29, 2002, the Axis of evil, which comprised Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. He defeated Iraq. Thanks to President Obama, the two others remained immune.
In the brinkmanship that Kim Jong-un is playing with President Donald Trump, the ability to get to the verge without getting into a devastating nuclear war is a consummate art. Trump’s fiery tweets are counterbalanced by cool-headed replies from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. On the other side, Kim Jong-un is alone. He does not have advisers to warn him if he crosses the red line. On North Korean television, he is always surrounded by smiling and obsequious generals who always compliment him. They applaud frenetically the fat kid when he gleefully watches with binoculars the takeoff of a missile. Do you believe that a general would risk his stars, if not his life, to say that is enough?
On January 23, 1968, USS Pueblo, a spy ship, was attacked, and captured by North Korean forces. It led to the killing of a crew-member and the capture of 86 others. President Lyndon Johnson foresaw a naval blockade but he caved in because the Tet offensive in Vietnam was scheduled a week later.
General Park humiliated President Johnson when he asked that the U.S must admit that the Pueblo had entered North Korean waters, must apologize for his intrusion, and must assure the Democratic People Republic of Korea that this will never happen again.
After months of kicking the can down the road, General Woodward, on behalf of the U.S government, apologized for spying, and won in return the release of the 86 crew-members on the day before Christmas Eve. (December 23, 1968)
If the Pueblo incident could have deteriorated to a nuclear war that was envisioned by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Kim Il Sung and his clique of generals drew a misleading lesson from it. The Yankees will always back down.
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