The two countries most threatening to peace now are Syria and North Korea. One is run by a former junior eye doctor from London and the other by a twenty-something kid who flunked school in Switzerland. Both inherited strong and cruel institutions from their fathers. Even if they came to power with dreams of reform, little wonder that brutality on their own side and unimaginative rhetoric from the West has pushed them into a corner. The danger is even more because both countries are pivotal to the increasingly difficult relationships between China, Russia and the United States.