TOWARD the end of May, “little rocket man” will meet “the dotard.”
United States President Donald Trump agreed this week to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to talk about the latter’s denuclearization program in exchange for the lifting of economic and other sanctions.
World leaders hailed the announcement of the talks. South Korea’s president said the meeting would be a “historic milestone.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the talks offered a “glimmer of hope.”
Some analysts, however, say that the North Korean leader gains more from the talks because he finally gets to be taken seriously.
Serious or not, news of the talks provides some comfort to countries that are in direct harm’s way. This is assuming that the two leaders, equally burdened with their view of themselves and the world, would arrive at something rational and practicable.
To begin with, they should not allow their egos to get in the way. This is real geopolitics, not some online game or a contest on who talked tougher. Remember these are the two leaders who called each other names, forgetting—or disregarding—the fact that millions of lives may be at stake.
Peace is always desirable, and no one country should pose a threat to the safety of others. Calm, rational minds must prevail when there is a violation of this basic concept.
We can only cross our fingers that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim bring their rational, grown-man selves to the meeting for it to be actually worth the enthusiasm and optimism it has begun to generate.