The events of the past weekend have shown, once again, that the present era of relative peace between nations is strictly illusory. On Sunday, immediately prior to the start of the BRICS summit in China, North Korea performed its sixth nuclear test. The latest test was by far its largest; the denotation of a hydrogen bomb, with an estimated power of three times that of the Hiroshima bomb. According to monitors, the blast caused a 5.6 magnitude earthquake at the nuclear test site. Tremors were felt as far away as China, whose President, Xi Jingping, is believed to be ‘highly embarrassed’ by the actions of an important ally. The United Nations Security Council meets today to discuss this issue.
World markets were quick to price in the heightened geopolitical risks with a sell-off of the Nikkei Index and – despite it being inedible – a sharp rise in the price of gold. North American markets are unchanged, showing their resilience even to extreme foreign events, although their closure for Labor Day may have been a contributory factor.
Unsurprisingly, the North Korea crisis dominates the front pages of most newspapers:
- The Guardian leads as usual with ‘South Korea holds live-fire drills and warns of more launches by North’
- The New York Times: “North Korea’s Test of Nuclear Bomb Amplifies a Global Crisis”
- Washington Post: “North Korea defies predictions — again — with early reach of weapons milestone”
- The Huffington Post is one of the few accredited publications reporting on other major world news stories, with the lead “Lesbian Ex-Mayor Has Perfect Response To Ann Coulter’s Hurricane Nonsense”
Whilst we merely report the news, world leaders have to decide what, if anything, to do about North Korea. Fortunately, they have accredited analysts and experts in the media to help them in their weighty deliberations. Although many of these analysts are merely career journalists with no ‘real-world’ experience to speak of, they have the advantage of coming at the issue with ‘fresh eyes.’ This allows them to make policy recommendations safe in the knowledge that there will be no personal repercussions for them if they screw it up. We also know from their repeated criticism of Donald Trump that the appropriate solution to the North Korean crisis is to do precisely the opposite of what Trump recommends in his Twitter feed:
Whilst Trump is admittedly constrained by the 140 character limit of his Tweets, it’s not exactly clear what he intends to do about North Korea. Will he nuke the place, stop trading with China, impose further sanctions or something else? The only thing it seems he is clear about is that South Korea’s policy of ‘appeasement’ of North Korea does not work.
Because our mission is to advocate the contrary position to that of Trump, we urge Western leaders to consider strongly a policy of appeasement towards North Korea. Our recommendation is not merely a reflection of our deep personal and political prejudice against Trump; rather we believe that history has shown that appeasement works, at least in the short term. British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, famously appeased Nazi Germany in 1938 by signing the Munich declaration, allowing Germany to continue its mandate of Czechoslovakia. Chamberlain’s brave actions – in the face of criticism from warmongers like Winston Churchill – resulted in 1938 remaining extremely peaceful and war being averted until 1939.
Appeasement is especially relevant in the context of North Korea, which we do not consider to be any real threat to our interests. Firstly, contrary to some extreme reporting in the conservative press, we believe that North Korea’s Dear Leader is a rational and unemotional person who we can do business with.
Take a moment to study the featured image above. Here is a relaxed and jocular Kim Jong Un sharing a relaxed moment with some of his closest friends. Some of the worst elements of the unaccredited media would have you believe North Korea’s Dear Leader is a tyrant, a malevolent dictator, someone who instils fear in his citizens. And yet, the photo doesn’t lie: Dear Leader is clearly an amusing guy who sure knows how to tell a joke. He’s not a ‘funny guy’ in the Joe Pesci/ Goodfellas sense, just someone whose natural charisma shines through and makes everyone feel easy around him.
Secondly, North Korea is an example of what is possible in a true communist society. Here, there is no inequality. Everyone has a job and food to eat. It seems the idea of sharing and a sense of community is especially strong in North Korea, as is indeed its support for transgenderism. It is for this reason that around one third of North Koreans who were wrongly assigned the male gender at birth now identify as womyn, calling themselves ‘Kim’.
Let’s not go to war with North Korea. Rather, we should listen to their grievances and appease them.