The dead dictator’s son, Kim Jong-un, was educated in Switzerland.  Should we be optimistic then that he will lead his country in a more democratic direction?  Is there anything to the idea that ruling clans can transform themselves from dictators into democrats on the basis of a brush with western culture?  Or are we whistling past the graveyard?

Or is it more likely that the new regime in North Korea will collapse and the country descend into chaos?  If it does so one military expert says Canada could be drawn into the turmoil.  A military expert at Queen’s University says, “If there were a conflict on the Korean Peninsula, Canada would likely end up getting dragged into it because we consider ourselves a SouthKorean ally.  We were there in the early 50s chances are we would support them again if there was a conflict. Whatever happens there has direct consequences for us here in Canada.”

Are you optimistic that North Korea will change for the better?

Should Canada get involved in any war in Korea?

What do you think?


  1. 1
    Peter Westenhangar Says:

    When Mr McKenty asks: “Is there anything to the idea that ruling clans can transform themselves from dictators into democrats on the basis of a brush with western culture? Or are we whistling past the graveyard?” I am immediately reminded of Saif al-islam Gaddafi – the great White Hope of the west, and especially the London School of Economics, who went from being progressive to bloodthirsty once the rebellion started.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:


    It seems to me the new leadership in North Korea will get more milegage out of sabre rattling than they will out of any kind of domestic reform.

  3. 3
    Peter Westenhangar Says:

    Indeed, domestic reform might well unleash an unwanted North Korean spring..though judging by the public mourning maybe not due anytime soon!

  4. 4

    The Arab uprisings are taking place in the cities-cairo, homa,etc. North Korea seems to have isolated its people in the boondocks-poor roads,no communication. Added to that is the constant propaganda,turning the holy familty into deities. The citizens are mourning the man who starved them by the millions.

    North Korea is a tightly controlled police state,without-I think-a recent history of rebelion,and it reveres its leaders. any change will have to come from the army.

  5. 5
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    I think of Syria’s Assad, the son of a dictator, also educated in the West (London). Yet he has continued his father’s murderous ways.

    I hope I’m wrong and for the sake of the long suffering North Korean people, let’s hope this Western educated son changes his country for the better.

  6. 6

    The son doesn’t look that bright.
    Imagine what power he would have, if he came hat in hand to the world seeking help to democratize his country. He would be an international hero and the world would rally around his efforts. It seems to me the better of the scenarios.
    Right now he’s the boss over a failed country.
    Jackie Gleason used to say “Big deal, boss over nothing”.

    If he went to school in Europe, is there no one out there who got to know him?

    Canada should NOT get involved in a war unless there is a nuclear aggression, and then I vote for “the slag heap” treatment. No boots on the ground again.

  7. 7
    Barbara Says:

    Why ask us? Ask the North Korean army.

  8. 8
    Isabel Says:

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.
    Acne medication

  9. 9
    Neil McKenty Says:

    No, I am not aware of any methods to keep blog material from being stolen.

  10. 10

    That was spam, Neil.

RSS Feed for this entry

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: