Tim Walker’s Un-stable

The way we’re going, do we really think WWIII is that far away?

First of many recent global tumults was the commencement of this seemingly endless war in Iraq; sometime after that there was the prolonged skirmish in Afghanistan; some years later we saw the start of massive unrest in Syria; a little later on Russia kicked up a hell of a stink regarding possession of Ukraine or Crimea or something like that – firing off missiles, shooting down planes etc – but the big one, and in my opinion the most insanely volatile one, is North Korea.

In a few words, Kim Jong Un. The man was granted an inordinate amount of power as a virtual teenager after being selected for the position of National Dictator ahead of his elder brother because apparently the other sibling ‘wasn’t cruel enough’. That’s worrying in itself. More worrying though, is the fact that although North Korea occupies a chunk of land smaller than the South Island of New Zealand, it is the world’s fourth greatest military power.

Did you get that? That’s the world’s fourth greatest military power – to protect themselves against what exactly? The other thing about that, they also have China on side, meaning that if North Korea felt like dropping an A-Bomb on Washington DC, there’s little the US could feasibly do in retaliation; although after hearing Barack ooze his well rehearsed propaganda all over our TV screens one would be forgiven for thinking that all 50 United States of America are utterly untouchable…

It began with a movie. A satirical comedy based around North Korea; based around Kim Jong Un. Of course there were complaints. There are always complaints. It’s when the main complainant is a world renowned hothead, a famously rotund control-freak overflowing with petulant pugnacity, that it might be prudent to take a breath, cool off, and perhaps try a little compromise.

Huh, compromise. The problem is that when it comes to backing out of a scrap or in fact yielding in any capacity at all, President Obama is really no better.

There it is – the makings of our third World War. Another way to go about it, as we saw a while back from Australia’s Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, is to start threatening and handing out ridiculous ultimatums to Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, for being suspected of shooting down that Malaysian Airliner – the one after the one that went missing and has yet to be discovered. In principal this kind of tough talking makes a lot of sense, but you just know that that vodka swilling commie doesn’t give a damn about anyone else and is probably quite confident that should it come to it, Russia could trounce Australia in a fight anyway.

Let’s look at it objectively: we have one psychotic Korean dictator; one equally pugilistic republican US President; one astonishingly svelte Russian Prime Minister; one irate Australian piss-ant and one major problem. Our world leaders appear so taken by arrogance that they no longer understand the concept of humility; respect.

I reckon North Korea ought to release a satirical comedy based around the events of 9-11 and see what the US reckon.



Article by Tim Walker

Edited by Pug Nay Chess

Photography by W W Tree

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