Clash of 'shallow egos' which threatens us all
Only the most keen observers of international affairs could have foreseen that this potentially lethal clash of two very underwhelming individuals could have brought us to the cusp of nuclear conflict for the first time in more than 50 years. But, very sadly, here we are.
North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is by any standards a disgraceful individual and his regime is utterly disgusting. He crushes dissent, there is utterly no freedom of speech, and starvation is widespread in poorer rural areas.
Like most thugs who terrorise his own people, part of his survival strategy is picking fights with other nations. His regime has been carrying out provocative nuclear tests for the greater part of a decade.