This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Disappearance of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un looks more and more serious
- Israel’s government concerned about legal threats after Gaza war
- Concerns grow that terrorists might use Ebola as biological weapon
Disappearance of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un looks more and more serious
Kim Jong-un limping on July 8
North Korea’s child dictator, Kim Jong-un, has not been seen in publicsince September 3. On July 8, he was shown walking with a limp, andhe’s missed several major events since September 3. He’s gained agreat deal of weight since becoming dictator after his father’s deathin December 2011 and that may contribute to pain in his leg. NorthKorean officials have been excusing his absences by saying that he wasrelaxing and recovering from his “discomfort.”
However, Kim’s disappearance has begun to look a lot more serious,since he made no appearance on Friday at the 69th anniversaryof the founding of the governing Worker’s Party. This isone of the major political events of the year and he did noteven make a symbolic appearance. When his father, KimJong-il, failed to attend the same event in 2008, itwas following a stroke.
Rumors abound. One rumor is that he’s so visibly ill, that itcouldn’t be hidden even in a symbolic appearance. Another rumor isthat there’s a coup in progress, and he’s being held prisoner.Another rumor is that he’s dead, and that his 27-year-old sister istaking over (though one commentator said that it’s unlikely that a 70year old army general would be willing to take orders from a 27-year-old girl).
Israel’s government concerned about legal threats after Gaza war
For the last 60 years, Israel has defeated its enemies on thebattlefields, but over the last two decades, Israel has consistentlylost the public opinion battle. Today, almost no European politicalleader openly supports Israel, and calls for anti-Israeli boycotts andsanctions are increasingly heard. Even more dangerous to Israel isthe increasing willingness of international courts to considerlaunching legal proceedings for alleged war crimes. Israelhas done well in these legal proceedings so far, but one majorlegal loss could have a “domino effect,” the eventual scopeof which cannot even be guessed.
Israel’s military and legal authorities are keenly aware that when awar ends, there will be international investigations of allegedwrongdoings. For these reasons, military lawyers work with militarycommanders during operations. In the recent Gaza war, while Hamas violated every international law it could, it also did everythingpossible to try to force Israel to violate international laws — bystoring weapons under and launching attacks from civilian homes,mosques, schools and hospitals. Hamas even publicly threatened itsown population not to vacate areas of impending attacks, in order toforce Israel to choose between conducting military operations in acivilian-rich environment (thus probably increasing civiliancasualties) and foregoing the attacks entirely.
Concerns grow that terrorists might use Ebola as biological weapon
Experts are warning that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS orISIS or ISIL) or another terror group might decide to use Ebola as abiological weapon. It would be fairly easy. A terrorist could visitWest Africa and become infected, or just leaves with some infectedbodily fluids. Then, before symptoms start to show, the terroristcould travel back to a target country, and then interaction with asmany people as possible to infect them.
However, a number of experts are skeptical that this approach will beused. An infected terrorist might accidentally infect others in hisgroup or his family, for example. According to one expert: “For asuicide attack, strapping sticks of dynamite to your chest is far moreeffective.” Daily Mail and Forbes
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il,Israel, Gaza, Hamas, Ebola,Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria/Sham/the Levant, IS, ISIS, ISIL
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