July 22, 2012

A Telling Tale of Two Koreas

Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

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The point is not that either of these people is necessarily a bad choice as president. It's that both countries (but especially the North) are fishing in a very shallow pool. There are probably thousands of people in each country who would make better leaders, but they lack the connections and they will never be considered for the job. In fact, the same thing is true everywhere.

Would Hillary Clinton be the U.S. secretary of state if her husband had not been the president? Would George W. Bush ever have been considered as a possible president if his dad had not been a moderately successful one? For that matter, would Aung San Suu Kyi, runner-up to Nelson Mandela in the Global Sainthood Stakes, ever have become the voice of...

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TAGGED: Kim Jong-un, South Korea, North Korea


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