reply to post by heineken
Most countries are not reporting on it, either they are not actually taking it seriously, or they are making a serious attempt to limit
This could be to prevent riling up markets, scaring the people, or simply to prevent leaking of information to N.Korea.
Personally, I think it's a mixture of all the above, but governments are certainly giving orders to controlled media to keep this quiet. You can see
it in the difference in coverage from traditional national media to newer, more independent media groups.
In the UK, the BBC is avoiding it like their jobs are on the line, while Sky is updating periodically as news is confirmed.
On the discussion about attacking N.Korea...
I think an airborne assault on their infrastructure would be the way to go.
The only (major) issue is the artillery aimed at Seoul. That's their bargaining chip, they're holding Seoul hostage. If it wasn't for that, I think
the response would already be under way and most of N.Korea would be rubble.
The N.Korean military power is quite meaningless. They may have close to a million troops, but if your intention is to contain the nation, while
attacking the infrastructure from the air, most of those feet are wasted. Unless those soldiers can fly a plane, or drive a tank, they might as well
be sweeping the runways with toothbrushes for all the use they are.
The borders would need to be secured to prevent a ground attack, but that's the only way their troops would be a risk.
N.Korea doesn't understand this. We don't need to go in there. We don't need a ground invasion. We just need to remove their ability to strike
other nations and destroy their military infrastructure.
As I understand it, much of their military hardware is old, and certainly no match for anything in use by NATO, the US, Japan...
There was a graphic on the BBC comparing the NK and SK military might, and the South was almost equal but for troop number.
Then you also have to factor in the willingness of NK troops to actually fight. What experience do they have? None. All they have is falsified history
and fantasy of victories that never existed.
Sure they've had training, but just look at the experience gained by every other military that would be involved in this endeavour.
They've had the hardware, the experience in battle, and they have something valuable to fight for. There is a lot to be said about freedom. Humans
know when they have it and when they don't, these people know that they don't.
Once they see the fighters overhead, the bombs dropping, their "glorious leader" nowhere to be seen, and once they taste the humanitarian aid
dropped from the sky, I'll bet 80% of them would drop their weapons within days.
The only reason they have border guards is to stop their nation from haemorrhaging its desperate people! They all want to get out of there!
The soldiers you see photos of throwing stones at tourists and making threatening gestures are jealous of the freedom and luxury they see others
The only things preventing action are the artillery aimed at Seoul, and the attitudes of Russia and China. Once we have established an effective way
to resolve those issues, Kimmy will be toast and his oppressed and desperate people will finally be able to live again.
And the rest of the world can then go back to dealing with the other important issues step by step, at a controlled and responsible pace, with strong
diplomacy and some credibility beyond that afforded by the pathetic UN.