By Bob Ciminel
October 09, 2006
I suppose the United Nations will wring their hands; write letters strongly protesting North Korea's actions; hold a bunch of nonproductive meetings to make it look as if they're doing something; pass a resolution or two; and maybe revoke the North Korean UN ambassador's parking pass for a week. If the UN is really pissed, it might impose economic sanctions and starve the rest of the country's population, meaning those who aren't already starving because the country spends more than 12 percent of its gross domestic product on its military. As Kim Jong Il often says, "Hey, supplying 5 million people with weapons and uniforms is not cheap. We all have to make sacrifices."
I'm not holding my breath,
but I hope the one or two women who have influence over Li'l
Kim can convince him that he's moving in the wrong direction.
There are easier ways to scam the world's leaders for money
and prestige, although I don't foresee Disney opening up a theme
park over there any time soon. Kim would be wise to remember
that old North Korean proverb, "When one is up to his neck
in kimchi, he should not make waves."
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