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Overthrowing Kim: A Capitalist Manifesto (Part 4)
...Dulled by tryptophan and ginseng rice wine, we spoke of Mr. Kim’s homeland. I asked Mr. Kim if his former colleagues in Pyongyang still believed in the system. He said they did not. But how did he know? As it turns out, North Koreans have found their own ways to express ideas without convicting themselves. They tell jokes with close friends, but mostly, they use inflections. What do the North Korean people want? Mr. Kim paused for a long time and thought carefully.
“They want to get rid of Kim Jong Il.”
“But surely they don’t say this.”
“No, of course they can’t say that.”
“So, how do you know?”
“They say that they want a war.”
He meant Götterdämmerung, known locally as OPLAN 5027. This was North Korean code-talk for the end of the system, a war that was worth the risk because the survivors would live with hope and ChocoPies, and without rising before dawn to attend criticism sessions.
SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Navy said Tuesday it will hold an anti-submarine drill this weekin waters off the west coast in its first show of military force after the North's torpedo attack on a Seoul warship, while the North threatened "practical military measures" against the South's warships.