Death sentences are nothing new for the totalitarian state of North Korea. Even offenses that would be considered minor – if offenses at all – in the rest of world often warrant capital punishment for the people living under Kim Jong-un’s regime.
Now, though, the North Korea dictator has taken it a step further by officially sentencing the President of the United States to death.
It appears that President Trump’s execution-worthy offense was a tweet that he sent out following his 12-day tour of Asia, which read “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
In response to the tweet, an editorial was written in the state-controlled newspaper Rodong Sinmun which said, “The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership.”
The editorial continued, saying, “He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people.”
As part of his trip to Asia, Trump was scheduled to visit the DMZ between North and South Korea. However, the visit was canceled at the last minute due to heavy fog that prevented the president’s helicopter from making the trip. Of course, North Korea didn’t pass up the opportunity to ridicule the president for this cancellation as well.
“It wasn’t the weather,” the North Korean paper said, “He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops.”
On his visit to Asia, the North Korean foreign ministry released a statement that said, “Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.”
In actuality, the President’s statements in South Korea were quite the opposite of how the North Korean foreign ministry portrayed them. Speaking in Seoul, Trump made a statement directed toward the North Korean regime, saying, “The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”
While no doubt threatening – and rightfully so – this statement is encouraging North Korea to abandon their nuclear program; not “begging for a nuclear war”.
Nevertheless, the truth and North Korea have always had a tumultuous relationship, and it’s safe to assume that Kim Jong-un and his regime are far past the point of being open to reason. Their sentencing Trump to death is just the latest example of North Korea edging ever closer to dangerous insanity.
So how are we as Americans supposed to take this threat against the life of our president? The media certainly isn’t making much of it, which is no surprise given that many of their own have made comments quite similar to those made by North Korea (remember Kathy Griffin’s photo shoot where she pretended to have beheaded Donald Trump?). It’s difficult to imagine mainstream media growing angry over North Korean media making threats against Trump’s life when they are almost as guilty themselves.
With that said, while North Korea’s threat is certainly offensive, its seriousness is also laughable. Assuming Kim Jong-un has lost all sense of self-preservation and is actually on-board with starting a one-sided war over killing an American president, his ability to follow through with such a threat is still woefully inadequate. President Trump no doubt faces much more serious domestic threats to his life than that which North Korea could ever pose.
Much more than a threat that anyone should be seriously concerned about, North Korea sentencing Trump to death is a sign of just how bad relations have gotten with the totalitarian state. Regardless of whether you believe Trump is doing what needs be done or playing a dangerous game with North Korea, there’s no doubt conditions in the dystopian country are weakening.
As North Korea’s nuclear technology slowly grows more capable, the threat they pose to world peace becomes frighteningly more evident, and it’s difficult to see a future where the situation with North Korea does not eventually come to a devastating conclusion.
~ Conservative Zone