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PostMore on the Kim-Hitler Analogy (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 09/10/17 5:41 pm)
Istvan Simon's analysis of Kim Jong-un (10 September) is cogent and interesting.
I would like to drill into the analogy to Hitler, which I think is, unusually for an analogy to Hitler, instructive and interesting.
Hitler was certainly a "gambler," as Istvan says, and his gamble in the Rheinland paid off. He took another gamble by making, in 1940, an extremely energetic and aggressive attack on arch-enemy France, which had a larger army than Germany's, and succeeded again, defeating a much larger and better equipped force with a short, sharp blow. But these successes went to his head, and the idea that "We have only to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down," as Hitler famously, or infamously said on the eve of Barbarossa, was a disastrous miscalculation, based on an irrational view of his enemy which flew in the face of facts which he had at his disposal. I think he was drunk on his own aggression, and I think Kim Jong-un may also be.
JE comments: Drunken, yes. A 33 year-old petty tyrant with nuclear weapons is almost certain to be.