The news continues to be full of stories about rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula with the regime in North Korea issuing dire threats and the United States requesting dialogue with conditions Commentators wonder when war will break out.
However, I will offer up the following indicator that shows that the folks over in Pyongyang will not purposefully start a military conflict.
As long as this event – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Amateur Golf Open – is still being advertised as up and running, then one can be assured that the new leader of the DPRK will not let slip the dogs of war.
Because nothing cools the enthusiasm of an amateur duffer (or thier hosts) than rockets falling on the back nine.
In case you have no plans for May 25 – 27 of this year, this is how you can enter.
This tournament will be held at North Korea’s only golf course, Pyongyang Golf Complex, which was opened in 1987.
Present at the grand opening was the then-leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, who baptized the course by scoring a blistering 38-under par including a mind-boggling eleven (there’s your number for the day) holes-in-one.
(Please note that the TIME article that I linked to says that the Dear Leader only hit five holes-in-one, but that’s only because it’s a magazine that prints all the imperial pig lies.)