After the Boston Marathon bombing incident, Boston, one of the most beautiful cities in the country with several progressive and liberal people who swear a little too much, turned into the city in danger. If terrorism occurred in between the Charles River and picnic-esque Boston Commons, where else in the world should we not fear? Has Manhattan “really” become safer? Is the city of Seoul, physically so close to Pyongyang and oppressed by the threats of war, safe?
“North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un is the world’s youngest head of state — and behaves like it” Barbara Demick wrote to start her description of Kim Jong Un, the leader of the North Korea, who has been selected as one of the hundred influential people in the world in 2013. (Read more: http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/rand-paul/#ixzz2RCnZmwoe ) He repeatedly claims to have nuclear weapons and continue to test them out, not only to scare the world, but also to get some attention and spotlight on himself. Too bad, the spotlight moved away from him to the Boston Marathon bombers for the past week.
I would compare this supreme leader of North Korea to Jack, one of the main characters in The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The story reflects the microcosm of the society on how an empire develops and how powers shifts between the stronger and the less strong. Several boys who got on the plane during the war to be evacuated happened to land on an unknown island due to an accident. Ralph, who is first to discover a sea horn, gathers other boys left on the island and becomes a leader through the process of election. Ralph is depicted as a charismatic and athletic leader. Jack is the counter opposite. He carries the disappointment in losing the election from the beginning. Soon he discovers enjoyment in hunting and a substantive amount of power gained through providing food through killing animals.
As soon as Jack realizes that being violent can earn him control of the group, he gradually, but rather quickly, learns how to abuse the power. He starts using fear to put other boys under control and behaves like a dictator we know today. Jack is the supreme model for all of the savage leaders, abusing an illegitimately gained power in our society, past and present.
The two cruel leaders, Kim Jong-Un and Jack, are too young to have such a big responsibility as leaders, did not think through their plans and tactics before acting upon them. Simply, they just cannot deal with the amount of power they have that they cannot keep straight of the things they have as of now. While a leader has to be able to look ahead of time in order to maintain order and peace at present and prepare for the future, both Kim Jong-Un and Jack are busy picking up the coins laid in front of them to get in hold of them, heavy in their hands. They could be moderately satisfied visualizing their properties, even though they sure want more. However, soon, all that wealth and power will be destroyed through one play of gamble they will participate out of arrogance.
Kim Jong-Un is not an original figure. He wants to become like his late grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, who established the nation after the Korean War in 1950s. A rumor says that Kim Jong-Un even got a series of plastic surgery to physically resemble his grandfather. He only tries to imitate, scare people, and appear strong on the outside. Inside, he might just have a fragile, little soul that only begs for money and food, just to barely maintain the Communist regime and his dictatorship, of course. We must follow up on him, the unpredictable and rational leader. True, he might really shoot of the missiles out of rage someday. At the same time, however, have some trust in the world protagonists, who will defeat him and eventually, he will destroy himself.
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