posted on Oct, 10 2006 @ 04:01 PM
Kim Jong 2 rules with a god-like tyrrany. Secretive and opaque even to his own compatriots, he has only ever once allowed his voice to be broadcast,
eight years ago, and he only uttered 6 words. He rarely receives 'outsiders', and has often been portrayed as a unstable, cognac-swilling playboy
megalomanic, serviced by a 'bevy' of women called the 'pleasure squad'. Now, however, such rhetorical under-estimations are tempered with more
accurate information to come out of South Korea. One senior South Korean official has been quoted as stating that Kim Jong 2 possesses high
intelligence on a level that affords him 'genius', and that he is a 'computer wizard'. There is no 2nd guessing this fellow!
As for the test...Russian officials are quite adamant that it was a 'nuclear' explosion, and that it may have had a yeild similar to that of
Hiroshima. South Korean and US officials are playing it down and have stated that it was 'probably' smaller. The only warning given by the North
Koreans that the test was imminient was a telephone call to China half-an-hour prior to the test. It was the Chinese whom sounded the alarm by phoning
the US Embassy in Beijing.
A question that needs to be asked (with a cool-head and open-mind) is why did NK seek to develop nuclear capability? It was only three years ago that
they decided to reject the 'Non-Proliferation' Treaty, so perhaps, being labelled by Bush as one of the members in the 'Axis of Evil' went someway
in helping them to decide that they required a better defence (or offence) deterrent against such blatant war-rhetoric from a man whom is not credibly
sure of the effect his words caused around the globe? The North Koreans know that they will be annihilated by a superior and better equiped country,
so this imputes that their acquisition of nuclear weaponry is not really so much a deterrent, but more of a 'mutually-assurred-destructive-tactic'.
A defiant statement that acknowledges its own destruction, but also states that we too can now cause immense long-term damage to either you or your
interests, so who or what are you willing to sacrifice for your business interests driving your economy...your own people, or those of your allies in
Another issue is the sanctions that have been imposed against North Korea for many years. Perhaps they are getting desperate, and reason that having
nuclear capability gives them a bargaining lever to have them eased?
One thing is certain, the world does not know enough about those whom rule North Korea to make reasonable guesstimations as to what they are willing
to do, but I would wager that they are willing to cause as much mayhem as possible if the rest of the world thinks it can bully them into submission.
This is a tight-rope that not only the North Koreans walk along...we all do, and we do so with equal or more concern!