What Goes Around

From the NYTIMES article: As president, Mr. Clinton had sent Mr. Kim a letter of condolence on the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, according to a former official. For Mr. Kim, the former official said, freeing the women was a “reciprocal humanitarian gesture.”

I would never have expected any world leader, let alone a notorious dictator, to base a decision off of a letter on an irrelevant subject. This quote in the article makes it appear as though Kim released the hostages as a personal favor to Bill Clinton.

I suppose it only goes to show that you can never forget that all the monsters are human too.

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One thought on “What Goes Around

  1. On the one hand, that would be shocking. That is, if that truly was his motivation. On the other hand, I do believe the most basic human emotions–the rawest ones–are much more to be credited/blamed for human behavior on the political level than is often ceded.

    I believe, for instance, that Russia’s Putin might have gone another way had the world’s political leaders and press reacted differently to the Beslan atrocity (in which hundreds of Russian schoolchildren were murdered). But we’ll never know about that…

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