a reply to: cnoland
I can understand wondering. Not being trollish, but we can make the same comparison about Nazi Germany prior to WW2 and what was happening to the
It's quite possible that if you heard news like that today, you might question if it's real or propaganda.
All that I can tell you is that defectors from NK pretty much have the same story, and it's not a good story at all. Many countries around the world
have spoken up and protested about NK's treatment of their own people and human rights violation, so it's not just the US.
NK's government is based a lot on the old Soviet type of communism....except that it seems to have become more of a "hereditary" thing (Kim Un
assuming power after his father). That type of government system tends to fail it's people, it becomes mostly a military power and police state, in
which most of the people live very hard lives.
If their system of government was more like China's, they might actually be doing very well economically in many ways like China has over the last
couple of decades.
I really don't have a problem believing the horror stories as most countries that have a despotic ruler and rule with an iron fist, the people suffer
Military: There is no way for anyone outside of NK to be sure of what NK is capable of. We can use spy satellites, covert intelligence, etc, We could
make some very good intelligent ideas about what NK can or can't do.
Compared to the US? Well, the US spends 600 billion a year on it's all volunteer military branches. We train and train and train our military, spend a
enormous amount of that 600 billion to keep things running, and obviously have a higher tech level than NK.
Then again, overwhelming numbers can help defeat anyone who underestimates them.
But!........That's if it were a ground war. I seriously doubt other then in South Korea, we'd put boots on the ground at the beginning. More than
likely it would be a carpet bombing campaign, cruise missiles, jets and drones
The bad part would be for South Korea (and trust me, I feel for them. I lived there as a kid in the mid 1970s), if NK's art guns can't be taken out
quickly, and if Kim used that huge army of his to just over run the border.
Of course then again, Kim might not want to do that (push his army south). I've not seen it discussed here on ATS, but just think of the reaction of
those solders as they push south and see just how easy and great life for people in S. Korea is.
It just might be that they yank out a white flag and surrender, hoping for a better life. Who knows?