North Korea’s much-hyped launching of a long-range rocket, amidst warnings from the international community and concerned pleadings from neighboring Asian countries not to proceed with it, ended in an embarrassing failure for the young, untested, yet defiant leader Kim Jong Un.
Whether it was a flaw in ballistic missile technology or a divine intervention, the fact is it has given much sense of relief to many countries that the launching did not succeed.
The West and neighbors of the most isolated nation on earth said they suspected the action was a precursor to a nuclear test, debunking all the time the rogue nation’s assertion that it was for putting an observation satellite into orbit.
The rocket’s projected trajectory placed South Korea, Japan and the Philippines on heightened alert in case the launching could potentially endanger citizens and property in those nations.
The Japanese government, which has been monitoring closely the launching, said the missile disintegrated into pieces while still in North Korean territory or over South Korean waters.
The failed launch of the Unha-3 rocket happened in an unpropitious time when it was meant to dedicate its success to the 100-year anniversary of late founding father Kim Il-Sung’s birth.
But, most of all, it was an ominous signal beamed to the whole world, and most especially to the Western powers, that the young, rotund-face egomaniac of a leader is capable of filling up the shoes and leading North Korea the way his father, Kim Jong-Il and grandfather, Kim Il-Sung did before him.
Alas, it did not go the way it was planned.
With this humiliating failure in Kim Jong-Un’s nascent leadership, will his pricked ego be a lesson in humility or will it turn him instead to be more of a monster and spend more money trying to develop and perfect the long range missile, holding hostage the international community while his people continue dying in starvation?
Could the international community depend on China, NoKor’s big brother, in restraining and taming this malevolent and capricious hermit country and turning it into a responsible member in the world of nations?
Will Russia be authoritative enough to be able to compel NoKor to attend to the needs of its people instead of engaging all the time in provocative acts, and wasting its money on weapons and propaganda displays?
NoKor should start realizing that there is more to gain for the country and its citizens when integrating with the world community rather than staying isolated and chanting the mantra of their self-sustaining policy.
For the moment, however, one can’t help but wonder how many heads are lined up on the chopping board for making the rocket launch a failure and humiliating Kim Jong Un? And whose heads is it going to be?