Ineffectual Scolding To Follow
Let’s say you live in a remote rural settlement, far away from any outside help. There is no organized police force, although there are some respected folks about town who occasionally contact each other to deal with problems as a community. You’re a member of that posse.
And another person in this small town is a sullen young adult, from the wrong side of the tracks with a history of erratic behavior that from time to time becomes moderately dangerous and isn’t exactly legal or socially acceptable. You see him playing with matches and gasoline in the street, and muttering about how all those rich kids were being mean to him again. What would you do?
How about if that kid had no parents, only an older shirttail cousin who lived sort of nearby and gave him money from time to time so he didn’t starve to death? What about if the only other relative of this creepy guy was his estranged sibling, who also lived in town, and who had been the target of his previous antisocial behaviors?
Would you, maybe, scold this guy a little bit, and tell him he’s not welcome to shop at the grocery store, and pretty much leave it at that? Do you think that would produce the best reasonably achievable solution?
Oh, last twist to the hypo. You’re newly-installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Sorry, forgot that part. Kinda important, because we’re not really talking about a creepy guy in a small rural town. As you might have figured out by now, that’s sort of a little analogy I made up.
Because it appears that the reaction of the community of nations to North Korea’s third test of detonating a nuclear device has been met with… diplomatic expressions of profound unhappiness. Film of choreographed “spontaneous” celebrations will surely be released to the West shortly, under a large DPRK banner personally authored by Kim il-Sung reading:
Freely translated into English: “So What Are You Going To Do About It, Bitches? Sanction Us More?” Now, I’m not trying to be overly sarcastic, although a gloss of humor on the situation may be what it takes to help come to grips with a frustratingly difficult problem. Because I have no good ideas of my own.