If you’re wondering what we’re dealing with in Kim Jong-il of North Korea, I found a rather sobering psychological evaluation of him, and offer a quote from it. The paper appeared in the journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Vol. 1, No. 3, September 2009, 195-202. The journal is published by Routledge. The paper’s authors—Frederick Coolidge and Daniel Segal—compared the psychological traits of Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Jong-il and drew the following conclusion:
The ‘big six’ group of personality disorders of Hitler and Hussein (sadistic, paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, schizoid and schizotypal) was again confirmed in Kim Jong-il. The sadistic, paranoid and narcissistic personality disorder features were rated as the top three by Kim Jong-il’s informant. Interestingly, although the top six ranked personality disorder scales were the same for all three dictators, Kim Jong-il’s top six was more similar to Hussein’s profile than Hitler’s. In that regard, Kim Jong-il and Hussein both had sadistic personality disorder as their highest rated feature . . .
Someone with an off-the-charts sadistic personality disorder combined with paranoia is not exactly the best person to have in control of one or more nuclear weapons, is it?
I also note this chilling sentence in a New York Times story on North Korea back in May of this year:
The motivations, health and even state of mind of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il, remained cloaked in mystery.
Got it? We don’t know whether, exactly, Kim Jong-il, the Dear Cult Leader of North Korea, is even particularly sane or amenable to reason (or our carrots and sticks).
And, again, he’s got a bomb.
Below is what a psychopathic and mentally deteriorating cult leader looks and sounds like. Imagine Jim Jones with a bomb. That’s where the world may be at with Kim Jong-Il. And did you know that Steven Pinker, in his book The Blank Slate, cites evidence that 3-4% of the males of our species may be clinically psychopathic? Be alarmed about what’s going on between North Korea and South Korea right now. Be very, very alarmed.