Kim Jong Un: A spoilt child? A self-important mad man? Or just another in the ever growing list of world dictators.

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North Korea rants. The world watches. Its people starve.

On Saturday the BBC wrote an article that included the following statement: 

'China and the US have vowed to work together to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear programme and to settle tensions through dialogue.' In my mind this reads ‘Mummy and Daddy have tried to have a little talk with Little Kim and make him give up his favourite teddy bear’. Except it’s not a teddy bear, it’s some form of nuclear weapon.


However the whole Mummy and Daddy tactic, in my very important diplomatic opinion is the one I believe that China and America should adopt. Let Kim II have his tantrum. Let him scream, let him kick and shout and when he’s done say ‘That’s nice Kim’. As I am not a leader of one of the most powerful and important countries in the world I suspect that this won’t happen, and on second thought, maybe it’s for the best. There’s probably nothing like antagonizing a raging megalomaniac, especially one who doesn’t mind making his own people starve, suffer and die all for the sake of ego and the legacy of Kim’s.


Because that’s what it boils down to really isn’t it? The three Kim’s: They’re all just another Hitler, another Mao, another Stalin, bent on proving to the world that their countries the best and that any other country who disagrees or contradicts will have to be shown the hard way.


Unfortunately, in classic dictator style, those inside North Korea, who disagree with the regime probably have to learn the hard way too. As North Korea is about as secretive as an teenage girl who has got a new boyfriend, nobody knows what really happens to their homegrown enemies of the state.  Chances are they probably won’t be given a lollypop and asked very politely to be quiet.


After the Iron Curtain fell in Russia and the records of the KBG were discovered, the world was shocked by what the Soviet Union had done to it’s people. I wonder whether in fifty years we will be thinking the same about North Korea. So, next time you want to slander David Cameron, just remember that thankfully you can and you won't be sent to the gulag for it.


Joanna Bateson-Hill

Originating from Brixton, London, I study Theatre and Performance at University of Leeds. I love everything to do with film, theatre and most of all writing, with the occasional bit of swimming thrown in for good measure. I hope to write articles that make people laugh but also make them think. To me, writing is a fun, cheap and healthier form of therapy. I hope that people have as much fun reading my articles as I do writing them, which is a lot.


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