Oh wow, North Korea - the old monkey insult? Who is running things over there, a five-year-old child?
In response to its recent Internet outages, North Korea decided to blame the U.S. and specifically President Obama. The National Defense Commission, which is North Korea’s governing body and supposedly headed by Kim Jong Un, issued this statement a couple of day’s ago:
"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.”
This is not the first time that North Korea has responded to international frustrations with name-calling. Earlier in the year North Korean officials called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a “wolf with a hideous lantern jaw” (whatever that means) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. In May, their official news agency published a report saying Obama has the "shape of a monkey."
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Needless to say, the U.S. and the President have not had anything to say officially about the slurs. Of course, North Korea has continued to threaten that they will respond to their assumption that we were behind the outages by saying we will suffer “unspecified consequences.” What? More monkey references and insults?
The sad and scary thing about all this is that it is clear we are dealing with a country that is run by people with the mindset of a small child. Which means as silly and funny as some of this is, we do need to be careful - kids are prone to tantrums. The result of a major tantrum could embroil us and the world in things that are surely more dangerous than child-play. If name-calling was their only shot, I wouldn’t care so much. But let’s make sure the child does not take this any further.
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