Kim Jong-un and his tactics
Friday - September 29, 2017 11:08 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Kim Jong-un and his tactics
The escalating tension between North Korea and the US has raised the hackles of world leaders who are clamouring for peace and urging restraint to both the countries. Both the US president Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kin Jong-un are adamant in their stand and neither wants to budge from the aggressive stance they have taken against each other.
The war of words between the two leaders in only getting uglier with each passing day and both the countries are purportedly preparing for an armed conflict. No one knows if good sense will prevail in the two and if at all anyone is going to take any step to defuse the acrimony. Starting with the US, the country has been after North Korea for long.
For different political and strategic reasons, the US wants to tame North Korea and bring it to its submission. The US has this tendency of subjugating weaker countries more or less to achieve some economic or tactical gains.
This has been its ‘big brother’ policy for decades. It has been invading nations or tacitly putting military or diplomatic pressure on them to comply with its wishes. The US doesn’t want to lose hegemony in global affairs and is bent on coming up with a strong anti-China bloc to counter the growing Chinese dominance. The US fears a role reversal and cannot see itself not welding power.
Therefore, willy-nilly it wants countries to rally around it or be a part of its greater political clout. Countries not falling in line are invaded in some pretext or the other. This also is North Korea’s prime contention. It feels threatened by the US and is thus pepping up its arsenals. Ethically, it is none of US’ business to intrude and dictate North Korea’s internal policies.
No country would accept that. It is doing the same in Iran too. It comes from insecurity and uncertainty of its position. Now, as far as North Korea is concerned, it is under the regime of an autocratic, flamboyant and whimsical ruler who can do anything stupid. Not that Trump is much better, but at least the US president has some constitutional rules to abide by which he cannot deviate from.
He has come through an election process and is liable to be removed if it comes to that. Such bindings are not applicable on Kim, which raises global concerns. Nuclear weapons are in his hands and the way he behaves and acts, it won’t be surprising if at the spur of the moment he lays his hands upon the deadly button.
That can unleash a global catastrophe. The onus lies on America to take diplomatic steps and de-escalate the tension rather than abetting the heat. It is difficult to bring to the table a rowdy and disruptive leader like Kim given his US bashing obsession, but that is the only way open to give shape to a constructive diplomatic trajectory.
A greater engagement through dialogues and negotiations can at least buy time and delay the possibility of a drastic action. Global peace is any day more important than the priority of inflated egos.- Window To News
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