I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your planet down!
Obviously, that’s not the original big bad wolf quote from the story of the three little pigs. I lament to tell you, however, that there’s a little bad wolf up in North Korea whose huffing and puffing threatens his nation, his people and the world.
As one should remember from school the Korean War did not end per se. It just came to stalemate and an armistice agreement was signed between the two Korean countries in 1953. The Soviet Union agreed to help Kim Il Sung up north, whereas the United States and our allies agreed to help out down south. Pyongyang became this big pariah in the world, becoming too communist for the communists in the USSR, after whose collapse the money ran out. A spate of famines ensued, and the People’s Republic of Korea entered into fifty plus years of living hell.
Enter Kim’s grandson Kim Jung Un, referred to in North Korean diplomatic cables via WikiLeaks as the little fat one. He has continued his father’s rhetoric of nuclear annihilation of the West. Kim Jung Il was as militaristic as Granddad was, but Jung Il seemed to take some criticism. Enter President Donald John Trump.
His stunningly sudden upset of Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton vexed the establishment on both sides of the aisle, who tried to manufacture a scandal out of thin air regarding Mr. Trump and the Russians. The scandal mongering backfired, and the establishment is yet again in turmoil. As that’s going on in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kim of Pyongyang ratchets up the rhetoric about nuclear weapons. The United Nations puts sanctions on him, but they embolden him. Tests begin. Apparently, a large volcano about the size of the Yellowstone caldera sits in the center of the PROK’s territory. The thermonuclear weapons test sites are near that volcano, and geologists fear that extra explosive activity around that caldera could result in supermassive casualties due to volcanic eruptions.
Communism, like most isms, is built upon sand with straw. The winds of time usually take it down pyrrhicaly. The casualties of the takedowns have been far too great. Take the Vietnam War and other smaller wars for the removal of marxist forces across the world. Satan’s straw men seem pretty strong. it takes a lot of huffing and puffing to blow them down, but they come down in the end. The sands of human understanding shift frequently. That house whose foundation was as sure as the summer heat in the desert is now floating harmlessly in the waters of grace. Christianity isn’t an ism. it isn’t some ideology behind which to place a government or a society. it’s a relationship with a triune maker. It’s a chance to breathe pure air within houses whose foundations Mr. Kim could never bomb out.