It is called the North Korean Guessing Game and does not cost one red cent to play. Anyone can do it regardless of race, gender, education, or socioeconomic position. In fact, practically everyone is playing, from politicians, to journalists, talking heads on television, and of course, millions of people on social media. So, don’t get left behind. Bone up on North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, and current events. Write up an article explaining what you think has happened to Kim and then post it online for all the world to see. Who knows, your theory could end up being correct no matter how dumb it might seem. 😊
Okay, the above paragraph was typed tongue in cheek as I’m sure you can tell. But it does seem that everyone and their mother has a theory on Kim Jong Un’s whereabouts and what is presently going on in North Korea. At this point everyone is jumping in on the action. Even TMZ has thrown its hat into the ring, reporting that Kim is reportedly dead after a botched heart surgery. The funny thing is that TMZ has a pretty accurate record when it comes to reporting celebrity deaths so they could be spot on.
Despite the conjecture, wild theories, and amateurish interpretations of satellite imagery, the facts remain thin. Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public since 11 April. No one outside of the North Korean government can accurately confirm his current whereabouts, or his present health status. Nevertheless, speculation continues to run rampant, and I think its great to see President Trump stir the pot and hint that he might know more about the Kim situation than he lets on. Meanwhile, the South Korean government is bending over backwards to let the world know it believes Kim to be alive and well.
There’s no telling how much more time will pass before solid information about the North Korean leader becomes available. A public sighting would certainly put the speculation to rest once and for all. However, the longer this drags on, the wilder the speculation will become. The US government almost certainly has considerably better intelligence on what’s happening in North Korea than the majority of journalists and self-anointed experts do. The reason for this is simply that the US government has more capable intelligence-gathering tools than do most media outlets, and civilian think tanks. So, unless you have a high-level security clearance, you’re likely going to remain in the dark until the information becomes public.
But don’t let that stop you from playing the North Korean Guessing Game while you wait. As I said above, your theory could wind up being correct. If that’s the case, you are going to come across as a geopolitical genius to your family, friends, and everyone who follows you on Twitter.
Author’s Note: A bit of a light-hearted blog entry today. There’s no point in rehashing the same old information over and over again. Back to business tomorrow. Meanwhile, I hope all of you, and your families are healthy and safe. –Mike