Kim Jong il: “Sorry About the Bomb Thing”
Vol: 61 Issue: 21 Saturday, October 21, 2006
According to published reports from out of South Korea, Kim Jong il told his Chinese visitors that he “is sorry about the nuclear test” and told them that Pyongyang had no plans for additional blasts.” (That’s a direct quote from CTV News.)
I’m trying to imagine the scene in my mind’s eye. “A nuclear blast? Ooops! Did I do that? What was I thinking? Well, I won’t do THAT anymore!” And thus assured, the world breathes a big sigh of relief.
The news of Kim’s meek apology to the Chinese is contested by no less an authority than Dr. Condoleeza Rice.
“I don’t know whether or not Kim Jong-Il said any such thing,” Dr Rice said on a flight from Beijing to Moscow, where she is continuing her talks with nations involved in the stalled six-way talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
“But the Chinese, in a fairly thorough briefing about the talks, said nothing about such an apology for having launched a test,” she said.
ABCNews reported the allegedly apology, saying, “Coming under united international pressure, Kim Jong Il reportedly apologized for the Oct. 9 nuclear detonation and said he wouldn’t test any more bombs.”
It isn’t ‘united’ international pressure that impresses Kim Jong il. What impressed Kim Jong il was the news of a debate among Chinese generals in Beijing about regime change in Pyongyang.
Kim might be nuts, but he isn’t stupid. And the Chinese are neither. Kim has gone too far — even for inscrutable China — and they can’t allow a nuclear North Korea. If they do, then Japan is certain to be next. And Taiwan is equally certain to follow.
China has more to lose with a nuclear Kim Jong il than the West does. North Korea is totally dependent on China for its survival.
A Chinese embargo on North Korea would starve the regime out of existence in a matter of weeks. But China would then have to contend with millions of surviving refugees. China holds all the cards, but it really can’t afford to win. It is a conundrum.
No matter how one looks at it, North Korea is a catastrophe looking for the time and place to present itself. The decision facing China is how to minimize the consequences of the inevitable.
I believe that we are witnessing a major event in the ongoing development of the fourth sphere of last days’ global power the Bible calls the Kings of the East.
The Apostle John identifies the Kings of the East as a vast army of two hundred million men:
“And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 million) and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the FIRE, and by the SMOKE, and by the BRIMSTONE, which issued out of their mouths.” (Revelation 9:16-18)
For two millennia, the faithful scratched their heads and wondered ‘what the heck does THAT mean?’. John was attempting to describe what he saw using the vocabulary available to him in the 1st century.
From our vantage point in time and space, it is an unmistakable description of nuclear war, even given the vocabulary limits John was working with.
The North Korean problem won’t go away by itself, and China has the most to lose if it isn’t made to go away somehow.
I don’t claim to have some secret knowledge of the future apart from the same Bible you have. But the focus is on that fourth sphere of global influence, the threat is that posed by fire, smoke and brimstone, and the likely outcome will be a sea change in the political face of the region.
One possible scenario is a unified Korea, but the drain absorbing the North would put on the world’s sixth-largest economy would be crippling. A unified Korea’s natural ally would be China, not Washington. America would serve no purpose maintaining troops on the Korean peninsula.
It logically follows that Japan would look increasingly toward economic and military alliances in Asia and Western influence would decline. Which follows the Bible’s scenario of four distinct and separate spheres of global power in the last days.
Gog-Magog (Russia, Iran and allies) the Kings of the South (the surviving Islamic world) the revived Roman Empire and the Kings of the East. And no mention of a fifth superpower resembling America.
Tick . . .tick. . .tick . . .