Following in the footsteps of his late father, Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, newly installed dictator Kim Jong Un is issuing predictable threats against peaceful, democratic South Korea.
Kim vows that the slightest misstep by South Korea in its joint annual military maneuvers with the United States could lead to a "powerful retaliatory strike," government-run North Korean news media "reported."
North Korea labeled the routine drills a "new war of aggression."
Tragically, the real aggressors on the Korean Peninsula are the leaders of Communist North Korea itself and the 1.2 million-member military that they control. Their aggression is unfortunately aided by the fact that they now apparently possess nuclear weapons.
There was no indication that either South Korea or the United States intended to pull back from the military maneuvers to even the slightest degree in the face of the absurd allegations.
That is obviously as it should be.
But what is also obvious is that South Korea, other nations near North Korea and, most of all, the oppressed North Korean people would be vastly better off if totalitarian butchers didn't rule that country.