Oh, North Korea. You crazy peninsula of propaganda. Usually, when the isolated nation wants attention, it talks smack about or threatens destruction of the United States. The North Korean leadership is also fond of firing off missiles to scare the bejeezus out of its prosperous South Korean neighbors. Over the weekend, North Korean state-controlled media posted a comical video on YouTube of a man who dreams of blowing up Manhattan. The cheesy instrumental version of “We Are the World” is suitably surreal.
Here’s a translation of the story told by those screen captions, courtesy of the New York Times.
“I had a dream last night, a dream of soaring into space on board our Unha-9 rocket. Our Kwangmyongsong-21 spacecraft got separated from the rocket and traveled through space. I see stars and the green Earth. I also see a unified Korea. Meanwhile, I see black smoke rising somewhere in America,” the dreaming man says. “It appears that the headquarters of evil, which has had a habit of using force and unilateralism and committing wars of aggression, is going up in flames it itself has ignited. Just imagine riding in a Korean spaceship. One day, my dream will come true. No matter how hard the imperialists try to isolate and stifle us, they will not stop our people’s path toward our final victory of achieving a unified, strong and prosperous Korea.”
Maybe this is all part an wacky ruse to get us to forget December’s unicorn debacle. I mean, we’ve got Saturday cartoons that have higher production values than the latest from Pyongyang. But the visual qualities of Kim Jong Eun’s latest bit of saber-rattling are minor, given all the chatter of a forthcoming nuclear test.
North Korea doesn’t stand a chance of hitting New York City, let alone the United States, with a missile. And we all know it already has nukes. So a third test will prove only that it has nothing better to do. One of those elaborate military parades with rolling tanks and goose-stepping troops would have been a much better use of time. It certainly would have been more entertaining.
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