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Originally posted by crisko
The U.S. has models to predict things, sometimes they are accurate - sometimes they are not.
We correctly predicted the fall of the U.S.S.R. However, under that same model N.K.D.R.P should have collapsed in the mid to lat 90's. But it hasn't - the population is well indoctrinated, they have no idea what the rest of the world is like and they whole heartedly think they live on the best place on Earth.
That is why it hasn't fallen, the few who speak out are shunned and turned in by friends, family and neighbors. When someone is deemed a political prisoner, not only is he /she imprisoned - but they next three generations of his family are as well. There are documented cases of people being born,living in and dying in these prisons.
Also - every North Korean is prepared to pick up arms in the event of an invasion / attack regardless of age or gender.
So the leadership has a tight grip on the people and doesn't care what happens to them one way or the other.
That is just one side - now look to the countries neighbors.
The South Korean economy (5th largest in the world) would buckle if it Northern neighbor collapsed and they were flooded with refugees. China wouldn't fair to well either.
So the people don't want change, the region doesn't want change - what they do want is for Kim to be happy playing god and leave the rest of the Asian Pacific community alone.
Sad but true.
Here is a report (with footage) by the BBC on the country.
It's about an hour long so get some snacks.
Access to Evil
[edit on 20-12-2006 by crisko]