WORDS DO THE WORK
How do I to write about something when I wake up in the morning and there’s nothing zooming around inside my empty head?
I make coffee. I turn on news channels. People argue with each other while I look and listen for something to pop up inside my mind and get my attention. Hours drag by. I write but nothing sticks. Three paragraphs in and it's deleted.
This is one of those days. I have nothing but space left in my brain. All my thoughts and ideas vanished during the night.
I started to write about North Korea, the most hideous place to live on earth. Prison camps in North Korea can be as large as Los Angeles and contain hundreds of thousands of detainees, most of who have either dissed the Kim family or didn't have a picture of the Dear Leader hanging on a wall somewhere. If just one person screws up, the entire family, even all their relatives, is exiled to these infamous human holding pens. Babies are born and grow up in the camps with no idea that another world exists outside of the razor wire that imprisons them.
Since the end of the Korean War, North Korea has been run by the Kim family, a brutal bunch of semi-psychotic political narcissists whose vicious rule of the nation keeps most of its people in perpetual fear of either death or imprisonment. They pray none of their relatives are ever sentenced to the camps because that means they'd have to go there too.
One of the reasons North Korea wants to annihilate the United States is because we impose embargoes on them when they start to screw around by threatening other nations or us. The last embargo insured that no more foreign sports cars or luxury automobiles would be shipped to North Korea.
Some analysts speculate that the military may be the real power behind the throne. The current beloved leader of the people, Kim Jung Un, is an inexperienced son of privilege with a bad haircut who just turned 30. He's the one the military props up as a figurehead while they play pocket pool behind the scenes.
It's more likely the military is sending a message to South Korea than it is the United States. After all, only a slim de-militarized zone separates gloomy, prehistoric North Korea from the lit up grandeur of the South.
North Korea isn't so much of a threat as it is a pain in the ass. Even China, its diplomatic uncle, scolds North Korea for its belligerence. But could North Korea pose an authentic threat to the United States?
As accustomed as the military and the Kim family are to living the high life while it's people exist by sipping dirt soup, I doubt very much that North Korea's elite would put its status in jeopardy by attacking the United States. After all, no matter how far up the totem pole you are, living inside a nuclear bomb crater for the rest of your life isn't exactly anyone’s definition of privilege.
There. I'm done. Instead of trying to think of something to write about, I let the words do the work for me.