Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Ruler of North Korea, may or may not be simply a figurehead controlled from behind the scenes by his puppet master aunts, uncles, and the military generals, but he reminds me of one of those frogs that puffs itself up with air to three times its actual size in order to intimidate those whom he sees as threats to his “power.” His Napoleon complex could have dire consequences for the rest of the world, certainly for South Korea. The problem is that he’s flexing his muscles in an irresponsible way.
As someone who is only thirty years old, Kim Jong-un seems to view the world as his personal video game. His apparent bravado comes, I believe, from having been isolated, protected, and seemingly adored in a country where the cult of personality and unmerited hero worship leap practically into the realm of science fiction. The most intense part of my curiosity wants to know if all those huge, genuflecting crowds of North Korean citizens are as naive as children in their Santa Claus devotion to Kim Jong-un, if they are paid actors playing parts on the world’s biggest stage set, if they have been put under subliminal mass hypnosis, or if they have been threatened with death for not showing in public that sparkling, wide-eyed adoration so evident in media coverage.
The man has never had the experience of having to be diplomatic. Like a spoiled adolescent, he seems used to being deified by all around him, when in fact, however much education he may have received while residing in Switzerland, Kim Jong-un has the social adeptness and mentality of a street gang member shouting threats across a vacant lot at rivals. The absurdity of his power on the world stage right now is like the United States putting all nuclear weapon decisions in the hands of a seventh grade boy, who received a “D” in his science class.
There are, in fact, people who like Kim Jong-un. Dennis Rodman said that Kim Jong-un is, “an awesome guy” and that his father and grandfather were, “great leaders.” I mean, for God’s sake! What else do you need to know in order to be scared witless?