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The transformation of Kim Jong Un
The Week, by Marc Ambinder

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/13/2018 4:29:17 AM

On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended their historic summit in Singapore with a handshake and the joint signing of a vague but important document. In said document, Trump agreed to provide security guarantees to North Korea. Kim recommitted himself to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." Whether or not these agreements will hold remains to be seen. But another pertinent process to observe in the wake of this meeting is the loosening of Kim´s shadow self, and the unleashing onto the world of the political leader he wishes to be. Kim wants to transform into

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: strike3, 6/13/2018 7:54:52 AM     (No. 11662172)

It´s a no-brainer for Kim to give up a few fireworks that he can never use in exchange for bringing his country into the twenty-first century on American dollars.

FTA: How quickly will the world accept the brutality of Kim´s past actions?

American liberals have historically accepted the most brutal dictators of the world with open arms. Fidel Castro, Che Guevera, Bashar Asaad, Muamar Quadaffi, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin and many others were heroes to them. Because Kim was befriended by Trump may make a difference but, fortunately, the Left no longer matters.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Words have Meaning, 6/13/2018 8:20:07 AM     (No. 11662209)

Although Kim obviously likes the idea of hotels, condos and tourists coming to his impoverished country...Rush has stated that the greatest danger for Kim is assassination from his own countrymen who remember the way things used to be under Kim´s father and grandfather.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Michimatician47, 6/13/2018 9:08:23 AM     (No. 11662257)

Ambinder produces an interesting speculation in this piece, but unless he has been secretly training as a psychiatrist while cranking out some very fine journalism, then speculation is all “The Transformation of Kim Jong Un” can be. Ambinder is right that many of the preconditions for fundamental psychic change are in place. However, he lacks evidence that the single most important element is there in Kim’s make-up: He has to want to change more than anything in the world.
It is demonstrably so that like in NOKO is wretched in ways that are hard to duplicate elsewhere. As brutal and devoid of hope as some of the African regimes are, they at least enjoy better weather in which to be downtrodden. But life in NOKO is not so bad if you’re Kim Jong Un. Plenty to eat and drink, concubines, loyal henchmen willing to commit murder on his behalf, and closets full of some very questionable fashions weave a rich tapestry of life in the North for dear leader.
Trump offers him better economic prospects for his citizens, a sounder security arrangement for his little corner of Asia, and a place at the table of leadership for Kim himself. Tidy package but I’m not sure it stacks up all that well versus concubines and murderous acolytes.
Kim has to want this deal very badly for it to work and he doesn’t seem quite desperate enough to undergo profound psychic change.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 6/13/2018 9:30:26 AM     (No. 11662285)

Assuming that Kim still wants to remain on this side of the ground, he will follow through on his end of the deal.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDConservative, 6/13/2018 9:42:22 AM     (No. 11662298)

Kim spent two years in Switzerland while in school, generally formative years. He knows well what the modern world offers. As #2 points out, the greatest threat is internal. Dear Leader could have a "heart attack" tomorrow. Great funeral, televised around the globe, with great mourning on display. And then what?

Virtually all the reportage is speculative, much hooray (or boo) for Trump. Not to minimize his statesmanship, but this is a first step. As another President said often: Trust but verify. There is much ahead. The war isn´t over, and NorK nukes continue to exist.

Meanwhile, Kim is looking good, Gangnam Style...or maybe now it´s Pyongyang Style.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Tundrarider, 6/13/2018 10:22:28 AM     (No. 11662367)

Totally agree #5.....and what #2 said about the possibility of assassination is very true.

Three of Kim Jung Un´s top generals have been fired (released, taken away, put in prison - I don´t know which). They were much older than he. The people who were with Kim in Singapore were all ´young´ people.

My speculation is that one of the conditions may have been to get rid of the "Old Guard" so to speak; those who were part of his dad´s regime. That would leave him freer to make a deal with the US.

Who wants to be the dictator of a poor, starving nation when there is a whole world out there in which to participate?



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Reply 7 - Posted by: Butch59, 6/13/2018 3:00:04 PM     (No. 11662690)

While that Trump and Un made what looks like a great deal, I´m still going to wait a see what the future happens. I still remember what NOKO has been doing for nearly 70 years and it´s in their lives. I don´t believe that that country can change overnight on how they can become a country that is going to join the rest of the world. I´ll wait an see.

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