The Curmudgeon


Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The Bigger Threat

Even the most irrational and authoritarian leaders have occasional moments of peaceability, and the notorious nuclear-armed world-threatening man-baby with the silly hair has emitted a few encouraging grunts about the prospect of peace on the Korean peninsula. The North and South have engaged in dialogue to ease tensions, and Kim Jong-un himself has condescended to meet the South's national security chief and personally host a dinner for his delegation. Although the world-threatening man-baby responded with a few not entirely threatening exclamation marks on Twitter, there is still a long way to go: "Words alone won’t be enough to impress people in Washington," said one think-tanker, and if the examples of Iraq and Iran are anything to go by, giving up nuclear weapons won't do much to impress them either. North Korea, after all, has during its entire history faced only a single quasi-genocidal assault by the United States and its friends; while the USA has spent most of the last half-century in constant existential peril from the world-bestriding empires of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.


  • At 8:29 pm , Anonymous Dave. said...

    Fabulous and spot on again Philip - another one to chuckle over.

    On a serious note though, we should all be quaking in our boots at the thought of those beastly empires - in - the - making with their secret stocks of fat cigars, bottled rum, coffee, sugar, petroleum products and, shock horror, peanuts. Well to be fair, peanuts can cause a nasty rash and a bit of a wheeze.

  • At 11:06 pm , Blogger R ,e Richard said...

    Who gave up nuclear weapons in Iraq?

  • At 11:30 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    we should all be quaking in our boots at the thought of those beastly empires

    Besides all its other criminal tendencies, Venezuela has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world - a blatant act of piracy against countries with fewer species, to say nothing of the moral offence against those who have sincere and understandable concerns about racial purity. Imagine being on the bus and seeing dozens of different species.

    Who gave up nuclear weapons in Iraq?

    Nobody, of course; but there seems little reason to believe that North Korea giving up its independent nuclear deterrent would lead to a better outcome than Saddam Hussein's co-operation over his weapons of mass nonexistence.

  • At 5:05 am , Blogger phil said...

    Don't forget Grenada! Exclamation mark!

  • At 6:22 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    Grenada! indeed! A threat so insidious that only Ronald Reagan's brain was small enough to encompass it.


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