A Twit­ter war?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Of the two things that most scare us, North Korea would be 1A and the na­tional debt would be 1B. The thing is, if the na­tional debt crashes the Amer­i­can economy, and thus the global economy, or if dol­lars be­come so worth­less that 401(k) s are no good, or if the in­ter­est paid each year to ser­vice the debt takes away from other fed­eral pro­grams in­clud­ing safety nets, then all we’ll have is des­ti­tu­tion. That beats nu­clear war.

Some­body re­ally needs to have a sit­down with this new pres­i­dent of the United States and ex­plain that North Korea isn’t like any other na­tion. Some­body de­scribed it as an ant colony. And ant colonies, as Charles Krauthammer noted, don’t have good checks and bal­ances. The man in charge in Py­ongyang is a known psy­chopath who may or may not be sober at this mo­ment.

There are whole or­ga­ni­za­tions and of­fices around the world, from Wash­ing­ton to Seoul, who watch and read the news from North Korea just to study mi­nor changes in word­ing in an at­tempt to gauge what the her­mit kingdom’s lead­er­ship is think­ing. And word around the camp­fire is that there are whole of­fices in Py­ongyang that parse Amer­ica’s news to gauge what the Amer­i­cans are think­ing.

Last week, af­ter North Korea fired off an ICBM, Pres­i­dent Trump tweeted that it was hard to be­lieve that South Korea and Ja­pan would put up with it. And of Kim Jong Un he said, “Does this guy have any­thing bet­ter to do with his life?”

Now, in­sult­ing the Ger­mans or French or Chi­nese or Rus­sians or Liecht­en­stein­ers is one thing. They might launch a press re­lease. Whereas North Korea has thou­sands and thou­sands of ar­tillery shells aimed at 10 mil­lion peo­ple in Seoul. And there’s no telling what Kim Jong Un is likely to make out of the lat­est in­sult­ing tweet. What if he takes one in­sult as more than it is? Like, say, a dec­la­ra­tion of war?

Mar­garet Thatcher once said be­ing pow­er­ful is like be­ing a lady. If you have to claim to be, you aren’t.

Mr. Pres­i­dent, this isn’t WWE wrestling. On this level, in­sults might ac­tu­ally mean some­thing. And your words could lead you—and the rest of us—down an aw­ful path.

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