Originally posted by die_another_day
I find it funny how people think NK oligarchy wants to die this badly.
They're just attention seekers.
That's what makes the situation so uncomfortable. They don't want to die that badly...but I don't think they realize that they could get killed.
We've all seen That Kid (tm) at the store. You know the one...he (or she) is screaming at the top of their lungs that they want something, they want
it now, and they're going to raise merry Hell until they get it. I tried that little trick exactly once, because it was 'explained' to me by my
parents that such behavior was the fastest way to wind up with sore backside, sitting in the car, and most assuredly *without* whatever I'd been
screaming for. Unfortunately, there are a surprising number of parents who, just to shut the screaming kid up, give them what they want. This has the
effect of reinforcing the tantrum-throwing behavior, which means that, next time the kid wants something, we get round two, probably followed by
rounds three, four, and five, while people around the outburst roll their eyes.
For the better part of the last fifty years, North Korea has been the international version of That Kid (tm). Every time the country has been short on
hard currency, oil, food, or anything else, their response has been to bang their sippy cup on their high chair and throw the biggest tantrum they
could until some nation, just to shut up the brat (or, as diplomats phrase it "defuse the tense situation") gives them what they want. There's been
no reason for them to change this 'strategy', because it works. It's gotten them food, oil, and nuclear technology, after all.
Back to our screaming kid in the store for a minute. We almost expect screaming and tantrum throwing from a kid in the single-digit age bracket...but
if you see an adult behaving the same way, it's deeply disturbing. Your internal reaction changes from "What a brat!" to "Holy Ahem! That person
needs medication!", because adults aren't supposed to act like that.
North Korea joined the ranks of the Grown Up Nations when they started playing with nuclear weapons. Being part of the Nuclear Club has certain
responsibilities, and things that are acceptable behavior for non-nuclear states are NOT acceptable for nuclear-capable ones. Unfortunately for the
world at large, North Korea doesn't understand that the kind of cup-banging, floor-kicking temper tantrums that are semi-acceptable in infants are
NOT acceptable in adults. It's not that they "want to die", it's just that they're playing an adult game by infants' rules, and they don't seem
to realize that there's a difference.