Friday, September 22, 2017

In war of insults, North Korea has a slight edge

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and America's Donald Trump are engaged in a personal bad-mouthing contest like few we have seen before.
Like two badly-behaved toddlers playing with nukes in a sand-pit, the two have been gamely trading insults in recent days. Kim's threat to "surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire" was countered by Trump's description of Kim as "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people". But I think Kim's use of the old English word "dotard" (an old, weak or senile person; one who is in his dotage) definitely earns him extra points, as I am pretty sure Mr. Trump would have had to look that one up in the dictionary.
It also comes hard on the heels of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho's comparison of Trump's UN speech to "the sound of a barking dog", which has a certain poetry to it.
Ah, has it come to this? Will international diplomacy ever recover?

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