There’s one more point to this story. Who actually beat, stabbed and shot Gaddafi? Who wielded the weapons with zeal against him? It wasn’t any Americans. It was his own countrymen, rebels who had suffered for years under his leadership.
Kim Jong Un knows there are lots of North Korean peasants who are suffering right now because of his leadership. It’s not us he fears when he thinks about Gaddafi, it’s his own people he fears, with good reason.
That’s part of the stick that President Trump used. We’re not only applying sanctions right now that really hurt him, Trump threatened more sanctions if Kim falls off the wagon. If that happens, his people will suffer more while he continues to live in splendor. Propaganda can only go so far to tamp down a backlash from the people.
But reminders of Gaddafi are also part of the carrot that President Trump offered. NK really could become a modern, prosperous nation, if the hermit kingdom starts acting like a civilized nation. The President repeatedly said how good the NK people are, meaning that they have the mental capacity to achieve what South Korea has achieved. Kim wants that prosperity. He wants the respect SK gets. It’s a big carrot.
The respect President Trump paid to Kim was meant to be a sample of what he could regularly receive for real if he makes big changes right now.
Only Trump could have pulled this off. No one else ever has. Yes, time will tell, but man oh man it’s a good start.