"I don't want no part of this crazy love..."
Concerning yesterday's post on North Korea's putative desire for a long-term relationship with the United States, one of my regular readers, Conservative in Virginia, made a humorous analogy:
I think the article makes North Korea sound like a bad movie with the woman demanding that the man know what she is thinking, even when she says something else.
NK: I hate you. (Meaning, I love you.)
USA: OK. Whatever.
NK: You don't understand me! Let's talk about our relationship.
USA: Um, er, SK, China, Russia, and Japan are stopping by for a beer.
NK: I want to be alone! (A nuke will get your attention.)
USA: I'll never understand women.
Yes, sigh, what do women really want? Not even Freud hazarded a guess on that one -- though he thought that men desired love and work (perhaps not in that order).
Don Quixote, however, knew exactly what women want. They want us men to be even crazier than they are. Here's the Don putting this great insight into practice when Sancho Panza objects that Quixote has no reason for acting insanely jealous, for there is no evidence that the beloved "lady Dulcinea del Toboso has been trifling with Moor or Christian" in any romantic manner:
"There is the point," replied Don Quixote, "and that is the beauty of this business of mine; no thanks to a knight-errant for going mad when he has cause; the thing is to turn crazy without any provocation, and let my lady know, if I do this in the dry, what I would do in the moist..."
Following Don Quixote's magnificent example, the U.S. can solve all its problems with North Korea by acting crazy beyond cause, thereby convincing the North that America really does care -- along with the added benefit of an implicit message suggesting that if Lady N.K. really does trifle with a 'Moor' (like providing nuclear technology to Iran), then the crazy knight-errant Don Amerigo will go really crazy!
Now to put this foreign policy insight into practice...