Kim Jong-un and a figure of fun

The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un is thought of by most people in these islands, if they think of him at all, as a reasonably fat figure of fun with a rather silly haircut. As befits a gentleman who is an unelected dictator in charge of a reasonably powerful nation with nuclear weapons and scant regard to the rights of the people over whom he reigns, Kim Jong-un is a natural target for satire- the use of ridicule, irony or sarcasm to expose his vice and folly. Continue reading

You cannot see the smoking gun behind a locked door

The nations of the world have signed up to many Conventions, which are in theory meant to have the force of law. But international law is subject to the rule of force, not the rule of law, except where the rule of law and the rule of force coincide. There is one important UN Convention that might be considered as unobjectionable and uncontroversial to which nations should willingly adhere. It is called the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques. Continue reading