“A Load of Nonsense,” that is what the North Korean government’s official position is to the bombastic nonsense spurred out of the mouth of the American President earlier this week.
The Americans under the leadership of their fearless ruler and 45th president threatened to unleash, “Fire and furry, the likes of which the world has never seen,” on the Korean peninsula if the Korean President north of the 38th parallel did not stop actively pursuing a nuclear weapons program that could strike targets in the continental United States.
So much for the American nonsense couched in a threat. It was received with the enmity one would expect that a load of nonsense would denote.
Since 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been vying for the attention of the government of the United States of America. But to no avail.
From Truman to Obama, American presidents have largely ignored the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea labeling their public utterances as nonsense. But for the economic sanctions that they have imposed upon the DPRK and the economic sanctions they have been able to get the world through the United Nations to impose on the DPRK, the US hardly pays lip service to DPRK’s existence.
Then comes the 13th President since Truman. He gets into a heated bullying match with the President of the DPRK of nonsensical proportions.
Suddenly, just like that the Koreans north of the 38th parallel have the international attention they have coveted for 69 years.
Their patience has paid off, because when they finally get the world to listen to them, they sound much saner than the American government. They sound like the victim of American Imperialist aggression. In short, they sound like a nation-state that is talking softly while carrying a big stick.
The DPRK’s big stick is found in their capability to sustain a march towards becoming a nuclear nation in spite of efforts by western powers to force the government to choose between feeding its people or developing weapons that will put them in the small elite club of nuclear powers.
The Koreans, unlike many in America, have aptly labeled the rhetoric of the American President for what it is, “a load of nonsense,” which is a diplomatic way of saying:Trump’s speech amounts to a big pile of ….
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changers Magazine and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org