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Originally posted by mmiichael
Originally posted by deessell
Actually, North Korea's dominant ideology is Songun which mean Military First. Songun means that the Military is the number one priority in the country. They [the military] run a separate budget. The country is effectively run by the Military with the Generalissimo Kim Jong Il at the helm.
For sure NK has a militant ideology. They are also an impoverished malnourshed state where starvation is the primary cause of death. They depend on China for almost all their fuel and food. China tolerates them because thet don't want 20 million starving people overrunning their border.
Madman Kim sabre rattles because it gets him attention and international aid to shut him up.
A tragic situation no one knows what to do about. The last thing anyone wants is to win a war with them and have to pay reparations.
What the lunatic will do is anybody's guess. Probably just more of the same.
Hopefully there will be an internal revolt. No one wants to step foot in there.
Originally posted by BaronVonGodzilla
Originally posted by InsaneInTheOlMembrain
I disbelieve in the whole Illuminati Freemason things, but i do admit that many of these wars are well orchestrated ones.
I kind of tend to agree with you there, I am not sure that the Illuminati are the same as the Freemasons as some declare, or that they are descended from the Knights Templar.
I just think they are the current World's Most Wealthy and Powerful.
I do think they exist but I doubt all the back story is all.
as for being well orchestrated, I think if you look back on history you will find many wars are quite deliberate and are simply used to obtain wealth.
Didn't you ever see Aladdin? "The Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules."
Arabian niiiiiiiights... like Arabian daaaaaaaays... (you know you remember the song.)
Originally posted by deessell
I was there in August this year. Yes, it is a very poor country but you have to understand the tragic history of the country. They also have sanctions on them which does not help the people.
Dominant western media continuously portrays Kim Il-Jong as a madman and the people as starving. I didn't see any starving people but I did see many very poor people, especially in the countryside. The country suffers a lack of energy, you would be lucky to see 10 cars on the roads in Pyongyang at the same time. People live in high rise buildings without elevators because their isn't any electricity.
Is it even slightly possible to understand how the people would be resentful that the 'West' disallows them to build a light water reactor for electricity?
I am NOT defending the dynastic, communist militant regime but having actually travelled there I have another perspective.
So what could the leaders of North Korea possibly hope to achieve in a war they know they cannot win?
"Their hope is that they can make the war so painful to the United States and South Korea that we will not pursue it to the end," said Joseph Bermudez.
Bermudez tracks the North Korean military for Jane's Defense Weekly believes it would begin with a massive barrage by thousands of artillery pieces and rocket launchers, many of them capable of hitting the capital of Seoul, a sprawling megalopolis of 13 million people just 20 miles south of the DMZ.
"They intend to employ chemical weapons, ballistic missiles right from the very beginning," Bermudez said. "If they feel threatened enough, they might even go nuclear. We're not sure."
Updated June 15, 2009
By Choe Sang-Hun and Martin Fackler
Kim Jong-un, the youngest and least-known son of Kim Jong-il, the leader of North Korea, is being mentioned as the likely successor to his father.
There is only one photograph of Kim Jong-un available outside North Korea. In that picture, he is 11 years old.
"When Prince Jong-un shook hands with me, he fixed me with a vicious look," Kim Jong-il's former Japanese sushi chef wrote in a 2003 memoir describing his first encounter with the boy, then 7, dressed in a military uniform and known as a "prince" among his father's aides. "I still cannot forget the look in his eyes. It seemed to say, 'This is a despicable Japanese.' "
The chef, who goes by the pen name Kenji Fujimoto, said in an interview that as a teenager, Kim Jong-un was already his father's favorite and "looked just like him."
The lone photo and Mr. Fujimoto's memories form part of the few precious strands of information analysts and intelligence officials in South Korea and Washington rely on as they struggle to put together a dossier on Kim Jong-un.
They describe Kim Jong-un as a man in his mid-20s, of medium height, overweight and prone to high blood pressure and suffering from diabetes, and with character traits similar to his father's.
Madman Kim sabre rattles because it gets him attention and international aid to shut him up. A tragic situation no one knows what to do about. The last thing anyone wants is to win a war with them and have to pay reparations.