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Jay Tilden

Jay Tilden

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  • I don’t know how the article writer can justify claiming this summit will work towards a “better future” when they also admit in the same breath that we have no real idea of the substance of these two leaders’ claims; i.e., what actions are they really taking here? Criticism is a far cry from cynicism and as far as I’m concerned the former is vital in this historical moment. This isn’t the first time NK has “agreed” to denuclearize and if we look at Trump’s position with other world leaders, who

    I don’t know how the article writer can justify claiming this summit will work towards a “better future” when they also admit in the same breath that we have no real idea of the substance of these two leaders’ claims; i.e., what actions are they really taking here? Criticism is a far cry from cynicism and as far as I’m concerned the former is vital in this historical moment. This isn’t the first time NK has “agreed” to denuclearize and if we look at Trump’s position with other world leaders, who lose respect for him and the US every day, is it so implausible that Kim saw a way to soften relations with the West, get a major nuclear power on his side, by convincing one of the most vapid and deluded leaders in American history that he’d acquiesce to his demands? This works well for both parties on a purely PR basis, and the proof of that is already in Trump’s tweets touting this as an “historic moment” that, if criticized by any party (*cough* Democrats), will merely reveal the lack of patriotism in that party, not in the “deal” itself.

    There is no substance here, as of now. Sure, let’s wait and see where it goes. But lauding Trump or Kim for this is frankly unnerving. The President has now cozied up to two major oppressive leaders with historically tense relations with America and the rest of the West (not to mention his praise of psychopaths like Duterte). The overall trend here is extremely unnerving and should be viewed extremely critically as such. Now is not the time to be convincing each other that this is worthy of praise. Sure, try to be optimistic. But don’t get your hopes up. And don’t dismiss those of us who are skeptical or cynical or wary of these developments. They are incredibly worrisome.

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