Donald Trump really wants to believe that he’s brokered a peace accord between North and South Korea, thus ending a war that technically will have been going on next month for 68 years. He’s not the only one who wishes that were true, either — Trump’s fans across the country, though the number of them gets smaller every day, believe that he is some sort of miracle worker, and has single-handedly changed the course of history both in this country and around the world.
But for all of his theatrics and scene-stealing, Donald Trump seems to be pretty bad at realizing when someone else is doing the same thing.
In fact, a lot of people have drawn comparisons between Trump and the despot who’s been in charge of North Korea since his father died 6-1/2 years ago. Kim Jong-Un is at least every bit the showman that Trump is, if not a little better at it simply due to having been a world leader for a longer period of time.
If you listen to Trump’s campaign rallies, one thing that he excels at is turning something he wanted but didn’t get into something he never wanted in the first place and whatever he has to settle for into something more desirable. If Trump wants a piece of property but the owner won’t sell, the parcel he ends up with instead will invariably be worth a hundred times more by the time Donald tells the story.
When Kim Jong-Un knows he has to shut down his nuclear sites because of a collapsed tunnel, fearing that radiation will leak everywhere and kill not only many of his own people, but leagues of Chines people to the north of the sites as well, why wouldn’t he use that as an excuse to extract promises from South Korea and the United States? He gets to pretend like he’s doing it out of the goodness of his heart, and perhaps squeeze just a little more financial assistance out of the West, and the man who was literally calling him names like a 12-year-old gets to look like a champion, even though he’s being played like a fiddle.
So what we’re seeing now is the final act of Kim Jong-Un’s little one-man show, and he’s making it into a truly grand finale.
North Korea now says it will hold a “ceremony” of sorts for its nuclear test site in just a few weeks — a “Closing Ceremony” much like the Olympics that he so desperately wanted to be a part of when he found out they were being held so close to his homeland.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry told reporters on Saturday that all of the tunnels at the nuclear testing grounds will be blown up, and that the military-style facilities and ground-based guard units will also be demolished.
No ceremony would be complete without inviting the media, so of course, NK is hosting journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia, and the UK to come and witness the spectacle.
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.