At Asia Times, Chung Min Lee tries to figure out what’s with North Korea. A nugget:
Kim has walked into a self-made trap; namely, that he has to show his people and his generals that he really deserves to be the Young Marshal who can lead his nation to new heights. By rattling his sabers and almost daring South Korea, the United States, China, and Japan to take him on, he feels that he can earn his military stripes, even though he spent his teenage years at an exclusive boarding school in Switzerland and has lived as a de facto deity, unlike the absolute majority of his countrymen who have lived in fear and hunger.
But as Carl von Clausewitz reminds us, “any complex activity, if it is to be carried out with any degree of virtuosity, calls for appropriate gifts of intellect and temperament. If they are outstanding and reveal themselves in exceptional achievements, their possessor is called a ‘genius’.” Clausewitz’s dictums were written nearly 200 years ago, but they’re as relevant as ever because Kim doesn’t have the intellect or the temperament of being a true genius. This is the first lesson that we should draw from North Korea’s unprecedented antics and bellicosity.
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