Kim Jung il’s sudden death on 17 December 2011 allowed president Obama and his sidekick in Seoul the revanchist Lee Myung bak to wiggle out of pledges of hundreds of millions of dollars of food aid to North Korea.
These two defenders of ‘democracy’ and deep believers in the teachings of their professed saviour Jesus Christ took coward’s courage in the gnomic formula first ennuciated by Donald Rumsford: ‘unknown knowns’, as well as the long cherished fear of the bogeyman they created in the image of the DPRK. In ordinary English, ‘unknown knowns’ means the truth is as plain as the nose on your face, yet Obama and Lee chose to ignore to ignore or not know it.
The demise of the ‘Dear Leader’ called for stability at home so that the passing of the baton of power to Kim’s anointed successor the young Kim Jong eun could and would proceed without the slightest burp; which did happened to the distaste of the clerics and advisors in Washington and Seoul whose silly
predictions of collapse and doom proved manifestly wrong. Another black mark in the poverty of
their ‘scholarship’ that the poor taxpayer’s pence pays for.
The ‘young general’ Kim Jong eun put the US and the ROK on warning as the two countries raised the tone of Cold War rhetoric and pursued the coordinated policy of ‘patient constraint’ to topple the DPRK.
What Obama and Lee did not expect, and what Kim Jung eun did was to announce the need for food aid
to tide a deeply undernourished North Korea.
Kim’s appeal was an indictment of the Obama Lee policy, and showed the egg on the US and ROK’s face for
not living up to pledges of food aid.
As former US ambassador to Seoul strongly suggested that the ascension to the supreme posts of power in North Korea offered an excellent opportunity to open lines of communications to the new regime, and that food aid should never be tied to food.
Obama and Lee dropped the stitch. GuamDiary finds it doubtful whether they ever had the foresight to seize the moment to offer food aid to North Korea, and thus live up to their hollow promises of better relations at the beginning of Kim Jong eun’s reign, thereby easing the DPRK’s resistance to rejoin the six party talks in Beijing to denuclearise the divided Korean peninsula.
Instead Obama and Lee head of two strong economies and military industrial complexes, feigned weakness. Consequently, they turned themselves into Pyongyang’s cat’s paw, for as the weaker , North Korea used its strength to stymie the US and ROK who are too cleaver by half . Sooner than later, Obama and Lee will have to put their money where their mouth is and supply food relief to the people of the DPRK. But before that, these two ‘powerful’ men had to show the world what fools they aure when an extended hand to Kim Jung eun would and could have perced the abcess of heightened tension.