October 11th, 2006

North Korea Krazies

I’ve assumed all along that things with North Korea were going to escalate. So now they go test a nuke underground, and Bush responds by saying that they’re a threat to international peace and that we won’t be invading.

Smart move. With the fourth largest army and second largest special ops force (thanks to their mandatory conscription laws), they’re going to be a fierce competitor if (not when) we butt heads with them. These guys scare me:

5 Responses to “North Korea Krazies”

  1. Robert
    October 11, 2006 at 1:06 pm #

    The North Koreans terrify me as well. I remember reading about the number of Japanese nationals kidnapped off their own national coastlines and held against their will in North Korea. He also has kidnapped many South Korean nationals, including one of their premier actresses.

    There was a documentary on A&E regarding the plight of the starving population in the countrysides of North Korea. Unable to feed its population due to the majority of their national income spent on the military, life in North Korea must be bleak. And the citizens interviewed were so brainwashed, it was pathetic.

    The nuclear genie is out of the bottle. Eventually some unstable government or some terrorist group will use it against a civilian population. I only hope it happens after my death. I don’t want to survive in post nuclear world.

  2. Connor
    October 11, 2006 at 1:10 pm #

    Robert, I think I saw that same documentary. I also saw a clip on YouTube (I’ll try looking for it later) showing how the police brutalize the citizens into submission. It was pretty devastating to watch.

  3. Robert
    October 11, 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    And we, as a nation, have to face a realtiy. Do we intervene each time we see social injustice? We have limited resources, and our own national interests to look after.

    It’s hard not to worry now. Does anyone remember the 80s TV movie The Day After about a limited nuclear war? I remember Regan suggesting he watch it with Gorbechov (prior to Glasnost). And to think of that kind of destructive power held in the hands of unstable leaders answerable to no one has kept me up many nights.

  4. Connor
    October 11, 2006 at 1:21 pm #

    I can’t find the original clip I once saw (it was depressing) but found this one showing a 1984-esque execution of accused criminals displayed for the public to see and fear. It’s a clip from CNN’s special titled “Undercover in the Secret State” which will be re-broadcasted later this week.

  5. Spencer J
    October 13, 2006 at 5:17 pm #

    These guys are so scary I think I want to be one of them for Halloween. Trick-or-treating will be so much fun, “I am Kim Jong il’s bodyguard. Give me some candy or I will beat the crap out of you.”

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