In April this year I wrote an article headlined “On the brink, and at the mercy of a pair of mass-murderous buffoons”. I was of course referring to Trump and Kim, and some said my language was hyperbolic, OTT, excessive. But I believe that anyone who advocates or even seriously contemplates exploding nuclear weapons anywhere anytime, is a threat to humanity. Anyone who is self-evidently a buffoon, and who advocates exploding nuclear warheads in the open air, on cities for example, is an aspiring mass-murderer.
You may argue that Kim and his family and other members of the North Korean collective dictatorship are more appalling than Trump and his mob because Trump was at least sort-of elected, and the US President is not a dictator. I suggest this is splitting hairs. Kim&Co are threatening Trump, and the planet, because they believe the US is determined to subject them to forced regime change, under threat of annihilation, so that North Korea (or Choson as they call their country) will allow itself to be penetrated and pillaged by the same corporate and military forces that have, in the past 50 years alone, done this to dozens of other countries who didn’t have nukes with which to counter-threaten the US. Most famously, in the ‘50s and 60s, Guatemala, Iran, Cuba and … North Korea … Vietnam, and Laos (those last five beat back the US juggernaut). In the 60s and 70s and more recently, Grenada, Chile, Serbia, Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, Congo, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and more.
What the Koreans want is “peaceful relations with the United States and their neighbors, [because they are] convinced that [the US] planned a preemptive military strike against their country. … and to end the economic sanctions that had been very damaging to them.” That’s the opinion of former President Jimmy Carter who has visited Korea three times to understand what they want.
Kim and his compadres past and present have lived through half a century of American bombing, harassment and intelligence plots, and are absolutely correct in believing that some in the US power elite are willing to blow them and their 26 million citizens to smithereens – because they won’t kowtow to Washington/New York. North Korea’s government structure and modus operandi are brutally authoritarian, but they aren’t the ones to have exploded nuclear bombs on two big cities – the US did that, and they never invaded the US, it invaded them.
When Trump told the UN he was ready to nuke Korea – and withdraw from the agreement with Iran under which they forgo building nukes -- PM Netanyahu of Israel (which has numerous nuclear bombs but won’t admit that they do, let alone sign any agreements pertaining thereto) said “I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech [at the UN].”
Australian PM Turnbull said: “President Trump and I have said exactly the same thing -- if he attacks the United States that is a suicide note for his regime. Now, it is a disaster because many, many thousands will die,” then got bolder by adding "Many, many thousands of innocent people will die.”
Actually, any exchange of nuclear weapons, or “just” a pre-emptive strike by the US, is extremely likely to kill millions on the Korean peninsula and possibly millions more people globally as the radioactive dust settles. Trump either doesn’t know this or doesn’t care. Turnbull should know it but … what? Is just too chickenshit to say boo to the latest incarnation of Uncle Sam, rhymes with Rocket Man.