WASHINGTON, April 18, 2017 — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has insecurity issues. That’s because he is the product of an illicit union between his dictator father, Kim Jong-il, and Ko Yong-hui, his mistress mother.
Kim Jong-il’s legitimate son, Kim Jong-nam, was the heir apparent until he had a falling out with his father. Until last February, Jong-nam was a mild-mannered playboy living in exile. But two female assassins draped a cloth drenched in VX nerve agent over his face while he was waiting to catch a flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
It’s believed the murder was sanctioned by his paranoid half-brother, Kim Jong-un.
North Korea’s dictator has an affinity for dispatching his perceived enemies with the flare of a Bond villain. North Korean Defense Minister Hyong Yong-choi, whose only crime was to fall asleep during one of the “Dear Leader’s” tedious harangues, was executed by firing squad, which consisted of a single round fired from a single anti-aircraft gun.
It’s alleged that Kim Jong-un sent his uncle to an untimely death by throwing the elderly gentleman to a snarling pack of ravenous dogs.
When North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, triggering the Korean War, it presented the United Nations with its first test. Three years later, the International News Service reported:
“The war without victory in Korea appears near an end, with the troops just about where they were three years ago when the costly conflict began … Militarily it must be called a stalemate between the Communists and the Allies despite the destruction of armies of men, dozens of cities, hundreds of towns and thousands of villages.
“Morally each side will claim victory with but one dissenting vote, that of the Republic of Korea, whose people suffered more and lost more than any other nation on the Allied side.”
American General Douglass MacArthur was fired by President Truman after the corncob-pipe-smoking military commander had thoroughly defeated North Korean forces and was in hot pursuit of Mao Zedong’s battered and fleeing Chinese troops, hurriedly seeking refuge north of the Yalu River.
Truman said he relieved MacArthur of his command to “see that the security of our country and the free world is not needlessly jeopardized, and to prevent a third world war.”
The military doctrine MacArthur employed to defeat the armies of Imperial Japan just five years earlier were no longer in fashion with U.S. policy under the purview of the international community. In the face of military aggression, the United Nations facilitated the modern era’s first “no-win war.” And though the U.S. and North Korea signed an armistice agreement, no official peace treaty was ever concluded.
In July, the Obama administration announced that Kim Jong-un was among a list of 11 people targeted for economic sanctions for committing abuses as cataloged by the United Nations Human Rights Commission. That is when representatives of the highly-sensitive, insecure Kim said the United States had “crossed the red line in our showdown. We regard this … crime as a declaration of war.”
As a U.S nuclear aircraft carrier task force sails into the waters off the Korean peninsula, and as a new U.S. administration weighs its military options while the United Nations stands paralyzed in the face of a crazed, bastard child’s burgeoning nuclear weapons program, the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur should ring in our ears:
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“War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war, there is no substitute for victory.”
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