Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Vox Popoli: A brief flicker of optimism - (On Korean Summit)

Of potentially great significance. The four points of agreement:
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit - the first in history - was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in the joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.

Donald Trump is clearly the greatest President the USA has had since Andrew Jackson. There is no longer any question. He merits all of the praise he will receive as a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and then some; the press will not give him the credit he is due. (Yes, I know, we still need him to Build the Wall and Drain the Swamp. But rest assured he's working on both. No one saw this coming either.)

And Kim Jong Un appears to be on the verge of becoming that historically remarkable figure worthy of lionization; the king who voluntarily lays down his crown for the good of his people. This is real George Washington "Father of His Country", Cincinnatus-style stuff. When you consider how hard it is for petty politicians to give up the little power and influence they hold, it's almost astonishing that a young dictator, born into unlimited power, is willing to voluntarily lay it aside. That is the act of a true statesman, even if he had the benefit of a little outside encouragement.

It's interesting to see how the God-Emperor treats Kim with both respect and warmth, almost like an uncle with a favored nephew, especially in light of his Twitter-taunting earlier this year. The man is a master of the psychological stick-and-carrot.

We haven't seen anything like this since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Even a cynical Gen Xer like me can't help but feel a brief flicker of optimism about the human condition. If the North Koreans can free themselves from the horrors of Juche, then surely Christendom can free itself from the evil chains of Neo-Babelism.