That’s about all I wanted to say. I guess I should have kept it to a Tweet.
It just seems to me increasingly hard to believe that an entire nation is held in subjugation by this baby-faced ranter. Yeah, I’d probably understand it better if I lived there, but from here, it’s just hard to imagine.
By comparison, Dr. Evil you could take seriously. At least, he looked like an adult, someone who had actually spent six years in evil medical school studying for the job.
Saddam Hussein looked like a bad guy you could take seriously. Osama bin Laden looked like the sort of mad desert mystic who might inspire suicide bombers, a sort of real-life Lisan al-Gaib. Back in the day, we had Hitler and Mussolini and Stalin. Proper baddies from the get-go, as you could tell at a glance. OK, so maybe Mussolini had a streak of the comic opera in him, but you had to respect the chin on the guy.
But Kim Jong Un? I suspect that he made his generals wear the ridiculous, too-big-for-their-heads hats in this posed picture just to keep people from noticing how utterly nonthreatening their leader looked.
Of course, the man has nukes. I remind myself of that. It also occurs to me that his looking so nonthreatening may have given him a complex, one that could make him more dangerous than he otherwise might me.
I hope not. That’s all I can say.