And maybe the most dangerous place on the planet.
Very little action in this 3-minute video (in fact, no action) just quiet, kind of eerie music, and the sound–my best guess–of iron doors closing on the people: the Iron Curtain.
This article I wrote originally for Hubpages.com, about the time the Syrian civil war began.
North Korea cannot—yet—threaten North America, and she is not likely to cause any fear among anybody but her South Korean brethren. Even South Korea likely won’t feel much fear. After all, South Korea has the nuclear shield of the US.
So how can I say North Korea might just be ‘the most dangerous place on the planet?’
Well, let me list the ways: First it’s a nation of over 24 million people, a good many of which are hungry. Malnutrition in children can lead to less than good functioning brain power. In other words, of the next generation of children to fill out the military a good many will not be bright, in other words more dangerous…just like the last generation and the present generation.
We were about to begin more talks with this dark nation about food for the hungry, in return a promise by North Korea to stop production of nuclear weapons, or limit production, or something like that. Just one more promise that the North Korean leadership will have no intention of keeping. As I said we were close to beginning, or close to concluding. I don’t know which, but the death of leader Kim Jong Il put a stop to that. And Kim Jong Un, who Kim Jong Il introduced as his successor awhile back is now in charge.
Oh boy, I am going to have trouble with these names, but I probably don’t have to worry about offending anybody in North Korea. I’m pretty sure most people over there don’t have the internet or computers. Some in the government do, though (as we found out in 2014 over the hooptedoo about that movie…if it really was North Korea) but do they look at a site such as the open and friendly HubPages.com? (And now my blog?)
I doubt it.
Okay, what else makes North Korea dangerous?
At 1,106,000 active personnel, she has the 4th largest military in the world. (I’ve heard 5th largest too, but what difference could it make?) Also, she has a reserve force of 8,200,000 personnel. I wonder, do those reserve personnel keep a weapon at home–like the Swiss–so they can be instantly ready for war? (Do the Swiss still keep their weapon ready at home?) Whatever, that is a huge amount of Korean peoplepower available to charge across the de-militarized zone quite quickly, and probably under a barrage of tank and artillery fire.
So what else does North Korea have? Well, since I looked it up I will list: 5000 tanks and a good number of other large caliber guns, 1650 aircraft including 79 airports that likely can maintain military aircraft, 328 helicopters, 708 ships a good many of which are small craft, yes, but also 58 submarines.
Oh yes, and the fissionable material to produce 2-9 nuclear weapons. I know, that’s pretty vague. Unfortunately we don’t have good intelligence coming out of that dark country. They did fire a missile after the death of Kim…before or after? I don’t remember, and it doesn’t matter. North Korea is showing us that she matters as a powerful nation. Maybe it was the new leader Kim Jong Un testing…I don’t know what. His prowess as a warrior, maybe. One comment I heard was that he is a violent little guy, and probably has grown up playing video war games.
I should probably explain my title for this hub: “North Korea is Dark.”
You probably know about that rotating globe on ABC’s World News, how wherever the gazillions of people live, our planet is lit up nearly as bright as the sun. Places like eastern North America, Europe, several places in Asia and South America, a few in Australia and a few in Africa, are really burning up the energy.
All but one place.
Recently, MSN included in their 7 internet headlines a satellite picture of a part of western Asia, and yes, the lights were bright, except for a jagged outline north of South Korea. South Korea itself was lit up like a neon sign, but North Korea?
Not one light. Not one. (Well, I guess if one looks really closely….)
(I was lucky to find a photo at YouTube.)
Those poor people. They are hungry and in the dark, and they are probably tired of being treated like animals by their leadership.
Yes, we’ve seen TV pictures of North Koreans crying for their fallen leader, but that’s maybe just for the official cameras. An article in my newspaper today (back then) The Forum, Fargo, North Dakota, ends with this: “A foreigner who teaches in a university in Pyongyang said that students told about Kim’s death looked very serious but didn’t show any outward emotion. ‘There was a blanket of silence.’”
Is that population, maybe especially the youth, ready to break free of their bonds? Yes, I think so. Will the North Korean army fire on them? Yes, I believe they will. When the day comes I believe the North Korean army will make the Syrian army look like a bunch of boy scouts.
This short video makes good sense, but it’s a bit frightening.
An 8-minute look at North Korea’s armament, thanks to Google Earth.
A 5-minute video showing morning in Pyongyang, more eerie music, and not a lot of activity. One quite comical part shows a traffic cop standing on a circle of raised concrete–in the middle of an intersection– directing…well, no traffic, but every few seconds she does an About Face. Where this video came from I don’t know. Satellites…? A video from North Korea herself? Good question.