Enough already! Can we just step back and try to act like adults here … just for a few days? I refer, of course, to the continuing game of ‘nyah-nyah-nyah’ being played by two so-called ‘men’ who are in the position of leading nations consisting of millions of people, Kim Jong-un of North Korea and Donald Trump of the United States.
I find that I truly want to take both of these juveniles and bonk their heads together, put them into a ‘time-out’ room with no twitting devices, and send them to bed without their supper!
Both of these ‘men’ need to be removed from office, for neither are sufficiently mature, even-tempered, knowledgeable or compassionate to hold the lives of so many in their hands. But, the odds of that happening being slim-to-none, these two must somehow be taken in hand and convinced to act as adults, for together they hold hundreds of millions of lives in their tiny little hands. Lives, it would seem, for which they have little, if any, regard.
While the tensions between Trump and Kim go all the way back to before Trump was even elected, the current ‘tit-for-tat’ escalation began in earnest on Tuesday when Trump gave a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. I assume that somebody wrote the speech for him, and that person should be terminated immediately. He may simply have gone “off-script” … I have no way to know, but either way, his words, as I wrote on Tuesday, were highly inappropriate and inflammatory.
Trump began by referring to Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man”, presumably an attempt at humour, but it was definitely not funny. And then he threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”. He went on to wantonly attack leaders of Iran and Venezuela. He called Iran “a corrupt dictatorship” whose “chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos”. And of Venezuela he said the government “has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.” Iran’s foreign minister responded that it was “ignorant hate speech [that] belongs in medieval times”. Venezuela’s foreign minister said, “Trump is not the president of the world … he cannot even manage his own government.” Both of these statements ring true, but it is North Korea’s response that proves just how dangerous Trump’s rhetoric is.
Kim Jong-un responded on Thursday with a speech that is lengthier than I can share here, but you can read the full text. Here are a few of the more relevant snippets:
“But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.
A frightened dog barks louder.
I’d like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.
The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the U.N. arena the unethical will to “totally destroy” a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.
His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.
Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.
I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the D.P.R.K.
Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”
And, not to be outdone and determined to have the last word, Trump responded this morning with a tweet:
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres was spot-on when he responded to Trump’s UN speech by saying, “We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace. The solution must be political. This is a time for statesmanship. We must not sleepwalk our way into war.”
Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister said, “This was a bombastic, nationalist speech. It must have been decades since one last heard a speech like that in the UN General Assembly. … This was a speech at the wrong time to the wrong audience.”
Foreign policy experts all agree that Trump’s remarks were inappropriate, some even calling them ‘terrifying’ and ‘delusional’. I would agree with all of the above, but none of this answers the question of what to do with these two ‘man-child’ world leaders who are playing a dangerous game of one-upmanship. Both have huge egos and neither is likely to back down, so it is essential that cooler heads and stronger minds prevail upon them and attempt to convince them both to just simply SHUT UP.
I am less concerned that one of them will decide to attack the other’s nation with nuclear weapons, as surely they both understand how that would end. But I am concerned that neither of them seem to care about the nearly 400 million people residing in the two nations, not to mention the rest of the globe. This childishness is creating unrest and uncertainty around the world, and there is no doubt that ultimately it will have an effect on global markets and economies. Whether Trump likes it or not, we are a part of a larger community. Globalization is the way of today’s world, and that will not change … neither Donald Trump nor Kim Jong-un can change the reality of the 21st century. The only solution is to learn to live together in relative peace. Now if somebody will just sit the two little boys down and explain this to them … ???