Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bah-Humbug! North Korea Threatens To Bomb A South Korean Christmas Tree

North Korea's leader, Kim Jung-un, apparentlly hates
Christmas and bad movies from Sony.  
As Slate puts it, it is a little obnoxious if your next door neighbor puts up a super bright, super big Christmas tree two feet from your window.

I maybe would grumble a bit if my neighbor did this, but I'd stop well short of bombing it.

Not North Korea. It's bombs away, if their public statements are to be believed.

According to Slate, citing the Wall Street Journal, a religious group wants to put up a big Christmas tree in South Korea, right near the border with North Korea.

"On Tuesday, the South Korean defense ministry gave the go-ahead to a Christian group to build and light a 30-foot Christmas tree-like structure on top of a hill near the North Korean border.

Seems pretty innocuous. It's not like a 30-foot tree is visible from outer space. The only problem: North Korea isn't that into Christmas--at all. In fact, in the past, 'Pyoungyang, which views religion as a threat to its leadership cult, issued frequent objections against 'the tree,' calling it a tool for psychological warfare and threatened to fire artillery at it," the Wall Street Journal reports."

A little sensitive, those North Korean leaders. I don't think anybody is going to be that psychologically damaged by a distant 30 foot thing that sort of looks like a Christmas tree.

Then again, North Korea is a leading suspect in the hacking of Sony's internal computers because Sony is coming out with a movie called "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jung-un.

That seems like a lot of effort just to give a movie a bad review.

I'm making jokes, but there is a serious side: Whoever hacked into Sony is threatening employees who work there. 

Geez, spies and hackers in most countries break into other nations' Web sites for military or diplomatic intelligence or to steal trade secrets. But doing it because you're pissed off over a bad movie?

Aren't we taking things a wee bit too far, Kim Jung-un?

Maybe it's our own propaganda of sorts that makes the North Korean leader seem like a wacko who takes offense at Christmas tree-like structures or stupid movies to the point of wanting to go to war.

Or, even more scary, and perhaps more likely, he is that much of a wacko.

I just hope Kim Jung-un doesn't break into my computer just because I'm not exactly a big fan of his.

And until now, I wasn't interested in seeing "The Interview." It looks stupid, frankly. But now I want to see it just to thumb my nose at Kim Jung-un. Just for the hell of it.

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