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So is it just me or is anyone else starting to get seriously worried about those fucked up bastards in North Korea?

The question is just how nuts are they?

That's the trouble. We know the answer already.

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dragonsally
Apr. 4th, 2013 10:10 am (UTC)
Me too. Its all a little too much like the nucleur war worry we had in our youth, isn't it.
splodgenoodles
Apr. 4th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's it!

Not a fear I ever want to experience again.
liddle_oldman
Apr. 4th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Another question I have is, How much do they actually understand? Do they really comprehend the difference in scale between the South and the US? Do they really know anything about South Korea, which is sincerely not the rural agricultural country they invaded in our youth.

Here's another question -- how far is China willing to go to back them this time? Enough to flood them with weapons and supplies? Enough to put in their military? Enough to launch when we get to their border this time?

Pass the vodka?
splodgenoodles
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:52 am (UTC)
Indeed, but remember to pass it back...

China appears less willing to help. That's got to count for something.
maju01
Apr. 4th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
I think I prefer to keep my head firmly in the sand.
dahliablue
Apr. 4th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, very much. I really can't think about it too much or else the obsessive anxiety takes over.

(Speaking of anxiety, I guess LJ logged me out mid comment because when I went to post, it said splodge doesn't list you as a friend, so you can't comment. I nearly cried. Not cool, LJ!)
pondhopper
Apr. 4th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
I am very nervous about their insanity this time around. And they have China in the shadows to back them up. See, China knows they can't do anything stupid like a war but they can sure push their puppet to do so.

splodgenoodles
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:53 am (UTC)
I've been noting the lack of support from China as a positive sign - of course that could be a ploy in itself.
braunie
Apr. 4th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
Well, they've been pretty isolated and their people are pretty punchy from deprivation. The latests understanding I have from the US spokespeople here is that Lil' Kim is ratcheting up the rhetoric to ingratiate himself more with the real power, which is the military. And that ratcheting up rhetoric and being provocative is what has been effective at gaining bargaining points for them in the past. But Lil' Kim is a weaker figure and may not have control of the crazy like his pop. Seems like his youth and inexperience are leading him to push things more.

I don't even think the N Koreans want this--it's just all they have left anymore. I hope the rest of the world can help them find a way to save face and cool things down.
splodgenoodles
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
That's a good analysis I suspect.

I wonder how much L'il Kim believes in the cult of his father and grandfather? Presumably the military leaders do, as they would not have progressed so far if they did not.
surgery_wannabe
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
I wouldn't worry. This time last year, with the satellite disguising a missile test? What became of that? N. Korea hid back into their shells.

The last time they severed communication with S. Korea was around 10 years ago if memory serves me well, what became of that? Again, nothing.

N. Korea is a poor country without the missile technology to reach the edge of US soil. US has already stated that they have plans in check in the 5% chance N. Korea has that technology. I believe it was right up to Libya that the US denied having stealth bombing technology, them BAM! They're everywhere, overnight they went from denying the technology to actively deploying them. I wouldn't be surprised if anti-nuclear deterrents was amongst the US's secrets.

Going back to facts though even China was telling N. Korea to pipe down. Kim-Jong Il was great rhetorically, but the world was safe knowing he only went into the occasional missile on S. Korea and tbh? Like hell any countries cares on such a small scale, they won't do anything to antagonise the balance over a few hundred deaths. Horrible but true. The son? There's a bit more of a ? but again, what happens if N. Korea went to far?

First off, define too far.
Second off, define the world's reaction. Not even China and Russia, who are reluctant to involve themselves into international affairs other than telling nations to keep to themselves, would ignore it. N. Korea must recognise if it threatened and attacked any other actor on the international stage, it would be effectively be sealing a coffin.

No power-hungry nation would do that. They realise what they have now is as good as it will get. They would have to be suicidal or insane to attack the outside world. And no leader would give up power in such an insane way. It's not a question of cultures, it's simply a question on human nature. We want as much as we can get, and right now N. Korea has that. It has it's military, it has a trading partner in China, that's it..



Long story short? Don't fret. Just like the Cold war in some respects. Lots of hype, but there'll be no direct conflict. I doubt there'll be peace though.
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