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Why North Korea’s antics remind us of Qatar

Kim Jong-un has been carrying out a series of provocative military operations similar to the ones that form the fourth stage of one of the destructive planet wars in electronic games on the PlayStation. He is a boy who has his finger on the nuclear trigger and he tests his destructive weapons whenever he sees fit and wants to grab the news headlines around the world.

Kim’s antics remind me of Tamim, who is just an instrument in the hands of the Qatar’s coup regime, carrying out media and militant campaigns using fictitious and suspicious slogans in order to spread chaos in the Arab world.

These campaigns are being done sometimes in the name of human rights and sometimes in the name of Arab nationalism because according to the Machiavellian principle the end justifies the means.

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In the North Korean crazy child’s case, it is a “provocative” tool completely designed by the Chinese regime and a scarecrow meant to irritate and frighten China’s most important competitors in the economic arena — the United States of America, Japan and South Korea.

China has forced these three countries to raise the military expenditure at the expense of their economic development. The United States has stepped up its military presence in the Korean Peninsula. South Korea has acquired a sophisticated missile defense system from the United States of America and raised its defense spending to guard itself against the North Korean recklessness.

What applies to the North Korean regime is perfectly applicable to the coup regime in Qatar. It is still an instrument in the hands of others

Hussein Shobokshi

Strategic relations

Apart from this, South Korea has also focused heavily on investing more in India to strengthen the “strategic” relations with it because India is being seen as the most important competitor of China in Asia in terms of size — the population, geography and future economic growth.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s movements are not independent. It is a small “tool” in the hands of the Chinese regime, which provides the North Korean economy with more than 89 percent of its needs on a regular basis.

Therefore, if China wants to limit the recklessness of the crazy boy, it can threaten to squeeze the supplies on which the latter depends. The system and intelligence need “small” states that want to prove their existence by playing dirty and “big” roles.

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There are always “right persons” in the small countries who are ready to play these dirty roles. History is full of models, lessons, characters, and what we see today is a repetition of the same scenes with different heroes and new circumstances.

What applies to the North Korean regime is perfectly applicable to the coup regime in Qatar. It is still an instrument in the hands of others. It continues to play its role according to an agenda. Its policies and positions have nothing to do with principles or values in the world!

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on October 9, 2017.
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Hussein Shobokshi is a Businessman and prominent columnist. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, and in 1995, he was chosen as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa. His twitter handle is @husseinshoboksh.

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Last Update: Monday, 9 October 2017 KSA 08:39 - GMT 05:39
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