The Young and the Restless North Korea
by Adam Weatherall
April 5 2013
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Lately the usually reclusive, forbidden kingdom of North Korea has started stirring up the waters between South Korea and their allies in the United States making the geopolitical world between the two nations seem a bit more like a soap opera than real life. With all the heated talk going on between D.P.R.K and the United States it’s easy to see the last few weeks ramblings as just more of the same, but is it? And even more importantly should I be prepping my S.H.T.F bag in anticipation of the current dung about to be flung our way? This issue has been trending because it certainly seems to have some news hounds all a twitter with the ominous drum beats of war, and therefore focusing on the young tyrant’s rhetoric. “As the world turns” what draws attention to our current calamity caused by Kim Jong Un is that more than just words, actions by either side have followed. The long held armistice has been torn up. Troops have been moved to the southern border as well as artillery and drones. The industrial zone at Kaesong, the area which is used as a political thermometer between the two nations, is now ordered to be vacated by April 10th. The “young and restless” leader has even recently given his troops a general order to use nuclear weapons on U.S forces. The most disturbing news of all is the D.P.R.K has started moving an Unha 3 rocket to their easternmost border. All of this might have you wondering are these really “the days of our lives”?
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What’s particularly problematic about our present predicament is that either side has up to this point only exchanged words. However at a certain point, as with all banter before a brawl, proverbially speaking someone will either back down or throw a punch. There will essentially be no way for the D.P.R.K leader to back down and still maintain his tyrannical grasp on his starving nation. His omnipotent control over the nation is based on his people’s fear of the government’s sinister actions that have been routinely exemplified to the public since the onset of his family’s rule. In essence, the young leader will soon have to put up or shut up and let his actions speak louder than words. His greatest fear, as with any tyrant, is the loss of control. More than anything the republic hopes the Arab Spring doesn’t turn into an Asian Summer. As a “guiding light” for how the unpredictable Kim Jong Un might behave in a situation, one might take into perspective the case of Ri Sol-ju. The less than great leader’s one time singer/current kidnapped wife, formerly of the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, was reported missing by various different media outlets before it was announced she was now Kim Jong Un’s new bride. This leader is used to getting what he wants when he wants it and is not accustomed to compromise. And though all this might sound as news straight from the set of “Another World” it’s no reason to head to twitter and craft your snarkiest 140 character comeback to the apparent joke that are North Korean weapons of mass destruction. And we must remember that Kim Jong Il left his son two things; one a lust for the destruction of the United states and secondly an actual nuclear arsenal consisting of 15-27 working warheads.
As we sit here perched on “The edge of the Night” and wait for what could be our atomic annihilation, we are comforted by newsmen who say that North Korea doesn’t yet have the technology to mount a warhead to a rocket capable of reaching mainland U.S.A. But there are several disturbing points I believe left out of most people’s assumption of the situation. The first being the Unha-3 rocket, also known as the Galaxy 3 rocket. While initial reports specified one rocket was being moved that figure has quickly shifted from one to several. And though the reported range of this rocket is only 4 km it can be modified with advanced guidance technology to reach distances of 15 km putting not just U.S targets in the Pacific at risk but also all of America’s west coast. Experts scoff at the D.P.R.K’s ability to achieve a nuclear strike on the continental U.S specifically because of their lack of satellite guidance. However, on December 11, 2012, according to NORAD- “[In reference to a rocket launched] Initial indications are that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was assessed to fall into the Philippine Sea. Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.” That “object” put into “orbit” combined with a lighter nuclear warhead tested on February 13th 2013, could be the first step in North Korea’s more advanced nuclear arsenal. An Arsenal that at least on paper could be the kindling needed to start World War 3.
While It is not yet time to head for the hills it might be a good idea to at least map out a route to your nearest “General Hospital”. The international community is still waiting for China, North Korea’s most important ally, to weigh in decisively. At this point it seems to be drawing Beijing and Washington closer together. Recently, their tenuous but prosperous trading partnership has been under stress. But a common destination often times builds shared pathways. Some Chinese have called the alliance between the two nations outdated but as recently as 2009 their alliance was re-affirmed, and as recently as May 2012 agreements have been signed between the two. Making the relationship between the three nations seem more like a bitter love triangle a la “The Bold and The Beautiful”. All of this has me searching for life’s remote, hoping to return to the blazing banality of politics that c-span usually delivers. As for now, I have had enough of this real life “Soap” and I’m heading to bed. Hopefully I have left you a little more well informed. Despite the current chaos, as always, I’m sure Logic Will Prevail.