STOP!!!!

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 … ???

21 thoughts on “STOP!!!!

  1. Kim lives in the North Korea bubble, which at the risk of repeating meself in 1984 writ large, so much so that even the leaders believe their own propaganda.
    Trump is a Nothing Bombast playing so far out of his league it would be laughable if he was not bringing misery to his own country.
    We do not know yet if North Korea has put together the system to deliver a nuclear bomb. Ok they’ve got the rockets; they got stuff that goes Mushroom-Boom, putting the two into one package is something else. Now it suits Russia to slip stuff enough across the border to make China and USA all jittery and not watching them, and China is sort of stuck with North Korea, but Kim will only be allowed to play so much with his toys before those two hard-nosed regimes decided enough is enough and ‘things’ will happen- He might suddenly ‘see the light’ (at the business end of someone’s hand weapon maybe) and dismantle everything to show what a great statesman he is.
    As for The Aberration parked in The Whitehouse, I would suggest, forget ‘Doctor Strangelove’ and watch ‘Seven Days in May’ then imagine that in mirror image only done with delicacy, or ‘Wag The Dog’ (I’m thinking ‘Heart Attack’ ‘Flu’ (Whitehouse spokesperson: “of course he didn’t have a stroke…what were you guys in the press thinking about….now he’s fine….just resting that’s all”)
    Nuclear is international hardball. You don’t get to press buttons unless several layers of people allegedly below your rank say you can.
    This act of his……..Another nail in the ‘Troffin’.

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    • Excellent analysis, my friend! And yeah, my thoughts run along much the same lines. I am less worried about threat of a nuclear attack than what this is doing to global stability, which was in flux even before these two little boys began comparing the sizes of their “wee willy winkies”. If either of them had a conscience, a bit of humanity, or even more than half a brain, this couldn’t happen. My campaign to see Trump impeached is stronger now that ever … every day he remains in office is just more damage he does, both domestically and internationally. Seven Days in May, huh? I shall have to take a look at that one. 😉

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  2. This post was straight on, Jill. The problem seems to be that neither of these immature leaders has someone with the courage to tell to their faces the truth. In the case of North Korea, I can understand why no one has the courage. Their lives could end rapidly after the telling. This guy kills his own relatives if the desire hits him. I think DT is also a scared little boy. He’s afraid of losing members of his base who blindly follow along. —- Suzanne

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    • Thank you, Suzanne! Yes, the unfortunate thing is that even if somebody had the courage to sit them down and talk to them, it would do no good. Trump will never accept any form of criticism, and I imagine Kim is much the same. I cannot even begin to imagine how this ends. The sooner we can remove our madman from office, the better!

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  3. Just because men get to be the leader of a country doesn’t mean that are not still 5 years old boys inside. This could all end in humiliation, or tears, or BOOM! The worst thing you can imagine is your boys on the ground being involved in another was in SE Asia. America has never coped with kids coming home in body-bags and this time would be no different ~ except worse. You have Mr Trump until the end of his term, all you can hope is that the Joint Chiefs will keep the BUFFs on the ground this time.
    Jill, as always you get to the nub of the matter.
    I love and respect you. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thank you, Jack! Your love and respect mean a great deal to me. Yes, I have likened the situation between Trump and Kim Jong-un to little boys comparing penis sizes, and nothing has changed my mind. If nothing else convinces Trump’s followers that he must go, it should be this blatant disregard for human life, but … it doesn’t seem to matter to them. I don’t get it. Sigh.

      Love, hugs & kisses, dear Jack ❤

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  4. Dear Jill,
    Horty of DR. REX had the perfect cartoon for this where both were pointing their private parts rockets at each other. This is about their level of professionalism.
    This is frightening to have two incompetent, immature leaders slinging mud at each other like this.
    Hugs, Gronda

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  5. Jill, I must confess I had to look up “dotard” which means an older person who is losing his faculties. Name calling serves no purpose and is what children do on the playground. It does not make you tough, it makes you childish.

    Beating on your chest like a gorilla does not mean you are tough. The scariest man in the world to Trump is a calm, competent one. His name is Robert Mueller. He fails to learn from people like this.

    Truth be told, these two bombastic men-children are not that stupid to cause a nuclear war. Yet, they are stupid enough to let things get out of hand where lives are lost. And, our allies will bear the brunt of it.

    If Trump were a wise leader, he would thank the UN for the unanimous votes to sanction North Korea. He would say we do not wish to punish the people of North Korea, but the actions of their leader cause alarm with all nations and their neighbors. We are prepared to discuss the removal of sanctions, but the nuclear development must stop.

    Trump thinks he is tough because he says the obvious. But, he fails to understand in war, the enemy shoots back and people die. Keith

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  6. Analogies to ‘kids in sandpits’ aside, we must remember that these are leaders of their respective countries and it ain’t so easy to ask either (or tell either) to ‘cool it!’
    While these two have hurled slurs at each other, it is having a very unsettling effect on other world leaders. We do not want to see national leaders feeling they must now take sides on this absurd oneupmanship, yet that is exactly what they are leaning into and that will have worrying consequences as then neither Trumpest or Baby Kim will be able to back down in a sensible manner!

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    PERFECTLY STATED!
    ‘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. 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. ‘

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