No clown­ing

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

The West ig­nores the threat of Kim Jong-un and his regime at its peril. In the 1930s Hitler was dis­missed as an at­ten­tion-seek­ing, pos­tur­ing clown. Char­lie Chap­lin even made a com­edy in which he was par­o­died.

De­spite warn­ings from Churchill, and oth­ers, that the threat was very real and far from a joke, he was vir­tu­ally ig­nored and dis­ar­ma­ment went on in the UK. It took the deaths of tens of mil­lions and a world war be­fore it was re­alised that Herr Hitler was no clown.

Much the same at­ti­tude has been the state of play for the North Korean dic­ta­tor. There was even a Hol­ly­wood com­edy re­cently, mock­ing him. North Korea’s brand of na­tion­al­ism is as po­tent and dan­ger­ous as it is else­where in the world.

We need the UN to act, at once, and im­pose sanc­tions that would make the pips squeak. As a fi­nal re­sort, the wip­ing out of the mis­sile bases should be con­sid­ered.

Nip­ping this threat in the bud, us­ing the lessons learned from the past, should be top pri­or­ity.

ALEXAN­DER MCKAY New Cut Rigg, Ed­in­burgh

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