Monday 18 February 2019

Clash of 'shallow egos' which threatens us all

'North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is by any standards a disgraceful individual and his regime is utterly disgusting.' Photo: Getty Images
'North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is by any standards a disgraceful individual and his regime is utterly disgusting.' Photo: Getty Images
Editorial

Editorial

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.

The regime's bellicose stance is garnished by the leader's own volatile image, which makes many people fear that logic may not be a key factor in the unfolding confrontation between North Korea and President Donald Trump's United States of America.

Let us emphasise that North Korea led this conflict with wanton aggression. But President Trump has responded in kind and the threat of some kind of pre-emptive strike by the USA now hangs in the air.

These are really perilous times for the entire globe. President Trump's assertive stance is a reversal of his election campaign rhetoric and subsequent statements immediately after taking office on January 20 last.

In a clear departure from his "America first" stance, he has in recent times turned up the heat in Afghanistan and Yemen, and also mounted a rocket attack in Syria.

For many, his new-found interest in international affairs is reassuring. But Mr Trump's motivation is for all that rather suspect. Could he be cynically trying to arrest a marked fall in popularity at home by being tough overseas? Many of us fear he is doing just that.

This has all the hallmarks of a clash between two shallow egos. The sad part is that it threatens all of us across the globe.

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