Concerning the #TrumpKimSummit a quick though:
The media reaction, reflexively Anti-Drumpf, are looking for ways for Which this can become a black eye for Blumpf.
One of the real concerns that can occur is that NOTHING CHANGES and a regime of human rights abusers continues to attempt to develop Nuclear weapons.
That is a concern.
Another issue is Kim himself who is condemned, probably not without cause, for being a dictator. This issue wasn’t a concern for the media during the recent Winter Olympics when they were fawning at the feet of Kim’s Sister, Kim Yo-Jong, (OMG she’s eyerolling Mike Pence) when it served its anti-trumpfl interests but I digress, these issues have always been there.
It is important to have perspective.
Kim did not create the system, that was his grandfather and fathers doing. This was a system and a burden placed upon him.
North Korea does not exist in a vacuum, it has its internal pressures and regional external pressures.
And then along comes a man who fancies himself as a deal maker who makes Kim an offer he can’t refuse.
“Get rid of the Nukes and reunify with your brothers in the south. Don’t worry about your neighbors WE will protect you like we Protect the South and Japan. You will have an economic explosion like you’ve never seen. Pyongyang will glisten like Seoul in under a decade. You personally will reap the benefits as you will grow wealthy alongside your people. And you, Mr. Grand Marshal will be the man who did it and completed your families dreams of reunification.”
Not many can turn down those offers.
But what of the Gulags and the most horrific aspects of the present regime.
Again Kim Jong-Un didn’t start that. But he can finish it. Free democracy’s and republics don’t need gulags and internment camps like dictatorships do.
Someone else realized that.
31 years ago, TO THE DAY, another American president stood at the dividing line of brothers of its day, the Brandenburg Gate Separating the free from the enslaved in Berlin and said:
“If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity… if you seek liberalization… Mr. Gorbachev Open up this gate…Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall!” Ronald Reagan, June 12 1987
Here’s to History repeating its self, and welcoming a New Day…