Meanwhile, I frequently wonder, and do again this month, if your haircut determines your destiny. Let's hope not.
Below right see Kim Jong Un, current leader of "The Hermit Kingdom," North Korea. At left, his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, communist North Korea's first leader, who as a young man invaded South Korea and thus led his country into a bloody war with a United Nations-approved coalition.
Meanwhile, from China comes a statement yesterday from China that they had NOT increased troop strength at their border with North Korea... a statement that could be read in a number of ways, including that they HAD, or that they're considering it. In any case they are concerned certainly about the recent apparent murder of Kim's half brother. Excerpt and link follow separately.
China denied on Thursday that it had increased its troop presence on the border with North Korea after the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
Reports routinely circulate at times of heightened tension on the Korean peninsula of China sending troops to the border, which China always denies.
South Korean and U.S. officials say the North Korean leader's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, was assassinated by North Korean agents. North Korea has not acknowledged his death.
Some Hong Kong media last week reported that China had sent more soldiers to the border after Kim was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13.
"As for the reports you mentioned of the People's Liberation Army increasing troops on the Chinese-North Korean border, they are totally baseless and completely fabricated," defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told a monthly news briefing.
He did not elaborate.
Elizabeth Wurtzel, a sometime contributor to The Main Point, earlier weighed in with this observation:
Actually, dictators tend to have crazy hair. In Hitler's case, weird mustache. The Kim's: insane hair, and funny glasses. Look at Qaddafi. Look at Castro's beard. Evita's severe bun. Maggie's bouffant--though she was a dictatress manqué. President Lincoln threw members of the opposing party in jail, suspended Habeas Corpus, and had the US Army occupy the half of the country that was in rebellion--sounds kind of kingly,yes?--and he had a shock of panther-black hair. (In fact the only US President that has been bald that I can think of got his job through a series of amazing mishaps and was not elected at all: Gerald Ford.) And I am without portfolio, but I have the most amazing extremely long bottled blonde hair. Someday I will be queen of the whole wide world.
And of course, there is Medusa: Need I say more?
Yes: hairstyle is destiny.
Read the whole Reuters story HERE.