The Washington Post reports a few things that Kim Jong Il will not be receiving this Christmas…
Fake fur and real fur and jewelry and Jet Skis,
Crystal and Segways and bubbly and Caddies,
Race cars and leather and plasma TVs
These are a few of Kim’s favorite things.
But effective this holiday season, there will be none of those things coming into North Korea, the United States hopes. After Pyongyang tested a nuclear bomb in October, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to deny the rogue nation and its leader, Kim Jong Il, foreign weapons, nuclear technology — and luxury goods.
Sounds pretty silly, but the article explains more as to why the U.S. and other countries see this as a reasonable and intelligent sanction on N. Korea…
The State Department’s newly released list of no-go goodies blends knowledge and legend of the diminutive strongman’s high-end tastes. Denying Kim what he craves, the theory goes, might prompt better behavior from a dictator who reportedly spends nearly a million dollars a year on rare cognac.
We might never see how this tactic supplements oh… I don’t know, important things like denying foreign weapons and nuclear technology. I like to think of it as icing on the cake… or in honor of Christmas… mistle on the toe?