The Dear Leader disses a former American president, like any good flag officer or manager avoiding a meeting. Reports of Kim Jong-il and his son’s trip are rife. But, is it a bad turn, even if rude? I have to agree with Jacob Heilbrunn.
My take: It’s good to see that filial piety is still a priority in North Korea.
Kim may specialize in nabbing American hostages–he used to focus on kidnapping young Japanese female film stars for his seraglio–but he is adhering to Confucian traditions in upholding family values. He wants to make sure that Kim Jong-un gets his.