Basketball diplomacy and the threat from North Korea
By Fallout Girl
The well-nourished 28-year-old leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has been making his presence known to America lately, in more ways than one. Claiming to love sports, the son of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-il invited the quirky party-animal Dennis Rodman for a play-date. A retired Hall of Famer basketball player, Rodman is known for his flamboyant sense of style and dating Madonna, back in the day. These days Rodman is appearing on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, looking hung-over as hell.
When Rodman returned from North Korea, he seemed to be quite enamored with the dictator, telling reporters, “I love him. He’s awesome.” On the George Stephanopoulos TV show The Week, Rodman said, “He wants Obama to do one thing: Call him.” Rodman went on to say this about his new friend, “He loves basketball. And I said, Obama loves basketball, let’s start there, all right? Start there.”
On Saturday, March 23rd, Kim Jong-un declared the Korean peninsula in a “state of war” and that rockets were ready to be fired at several American targets, including Hawaii, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. In response, The US flew two stealth B-2 bombers over an unpopulated South Korean island, dropping fake bombs to show just how easy the US can bomb – or even nuke – North Korea, should it be provoked.
So, how worried should we be? So far, North Korea has shown little ability to compete with any nation’s military, despite being the most militarized county in the world, with over 9 million active, reserve and paramilitary soldiers. Former leader Kim Jong-il adopted a “military-first” policy called “Songun” but fortunately lacks any nuclear capability – at least for now.
The North Koreans are actively seeking to develop a nuclear arms program, despite threats from the US. Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson from the White House National Security Council said, “We’ve seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies.” Caitlin Hayden added a caveat however when she said, “But, we would also note that North Korea has a
long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats, and today’s announcement follows that familiar pattern.”
So, are Kim Jong-un’s threats just North-Korean-style-theaterto entertain his citizens? If a country that’s so obsessed with preparing for war doesn’t have a war to fight, it seems that sooner or later, it will create one. This culture of putting Military first seems to me a cruel joke to the citizens of North Korea, considering many are starving and their leader is ice skating and partying with American basketball players. But dictators rarely care about the well being of the people.
Kim Jong-un is young and may grow to see things differently, especially if he keeps making friends with Americans. For now, North Korea appears to be the kid who likes to cry wolf, but if they do ever manage to get nuclear weapons, South Korea will most likely be the target. That said, it sure would be great to see Obama and Kim Jong-un shooting hoops some day in a more peaceful world.
Article by Fallout Girl Fallout Girl is a writer who enjoys target practice with her Glock 9mm, prepping for the “big one” and watching Cold War era movies in the solace of her fallout shelter somewhere underneath Los Angeles
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