Does North Korea have a target painted on our face?

alternate bomb for North Korea
"IF KIM JONG IL WANTED TO BE A DO-GOODER." ©D. Barstow

I think I just wanted to draw my first nuclear bomb.

I don’t know why, but when I saw how seriously the news was taking reports of Kim Jong Il setting off nuclear bomb tests, it made me kind of giddy, like laughing in church. Perhaps I am a bad person (but not saying I’m wrong, of course.)

I mean, the man might be sick,  in a coma – or there are concerns he had a stroke. In any case, he’s been out of view, so we don’t know what he’s really doing. Today the timesonline (UK) said:

Mr Kim, 67, is believed to have suffered a stroke last year that removed him from the public eye during several key national events. The medical machinery needed is among a number of items banned under the trade embargo on North Korea, which followed the regime’s first nuclear test in 2006.

Oops, this is what happens when you ban things.  

Mr Kim’s health and the destiny of his country are closely linked. He runs the nation via a personality cult that has emphasised the vigour, strength and youthfulness of the “Dear Leader”.

Interesting. In any case, I don’t know if he’s trying out bombs as a science experiment, a threat, or preparation for something worse. But maybe, if he’s not well, he would like to do some good in his name, before his health could get worse. My suggestions are in the cartoon:

  • Plastic bags, because it seems impossible to get rid of them, and they don’t decay very well, gross.
  • Useless councilmen. I will not mention my councilman (Tom LaBonge) because that would be unkind. And sometimes he does something good. But if you live in a city like Los Angeles, you quickly realize that councilmembers hold WAY too much power. (Jill Stewart, deputy Editor of the LA Weekly, told me she thinks of them as medieval lords.)
  • Ring tones. So quickly boring.
  • Liberal talk radio. They sound self-righteous, the few times I’ve heard it.
  • Add your own.