Anyone else getting a bit concerned?
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I think they're just empty threats.
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More the worldwide threat and human peace, and how we might possibly get involved.
Yes, my Japanese wife.
Any missiles aimed at Guam or Hawaii will have to fly over Japan, and the North Koreans missiles are not known for their accuracy, so there's always a chance they could come down in Japan.
It's a worrying situation, but I think it's all hot air from the North Korean leader, as he's just a puppet of the military now.
I don't know if the Chinese are getting involved, but it would be good if they did use their power and influence to slap North Korea down for once, rather than do nothing as normal.
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I agree, hence my levity.
I think unlike 50-odd years ago, the Chinese will realise they have far more to loose by backing North Korea than supporting it.
Sure, the North Koreans could launch an attack on the South, but it would be pretty short lived as the Americans would throw eveything they have back at them. Pyonyang would be turned to rubble (or glass) overnight.
I think it's the last hurrah of the Kim dynasty, as they realise their coutry is unsustainable as it is, China won't help them out much more than they do already (mostly food aid and electricity), and by blaming the Americans the propaganda machine can hide the parlous truth from the brainwashed masses.
I don't think the British will be involved much, since thanks to Cameron et al, our Navy is not much more than a patched up Avon dinghy with a knackered Seagull outboard, the Boy Scouts could probably muster more "men" than the Army, and the RAF would have a hard job bombing the Isle of Wight.
Forgeddabouddit. Another week, another media-inflated apocalyptic threat. It'll be something else next week.
The media couldn't function without trying to convince us that we're all about to die. Other stories simply aren't sensational enough. If we ever feel safe for a second, the media harks back to prior near apocalypses and moments of extreme peril.
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Large areas of N.Korea are currently suffering extreme famine. It is getting into a vicious spiral.
As the party rulers get more and more desperate they make more and more inflammatory statements and as the rhetoric (and nuclear tests) increase, the sanctions do likewise and imports go down and aid dries up.
China is vital to N. Korea. (100 percent of their oil, 70 percent of any trade, most of their electricity and virtually all of their food imports).
In contrast, trade with North Korea only accounts for less than 1 percent of China's economy.
If China threaten the oil, food, trade and electricity then North Korea will be totally ####ed.
Sadly this is when they will be most likely to do something insane like drive a nuke to the border in a lorry and set it off 40km from Seoul. (Their missile systems are too innaccurate and the warheads not yet compact or plentiful enough. So talk of attacking the US mainland with ICBMS are far-fetched, but the border is not far from Seoul and only a lorry is needed.)
This is not the Cuba crisis where two large, sophisticated superpowers played brinkmanship, but more like a cornered, starving dog that has gone mad from hunger and is capable of doing absolutely anything, to anyone, because it thinks it's about to die anyway. (As in the leadership knows that it's days are numbered if it's people are all starving and it's neighbour switches off the support machine, so they might as well blow everything up before the regime crashes.)
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A puppet regime that's brain-washed its people over the decades. In many respects reassuring, while, paradoxically, is disturbing. Perhaps China could send 'Golden B***s' to Pyongyang for some decent PR.
As Brian Conley would say: "Its a puppet!"
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I generally agree with your first three paragraphs, however, laying the blame of the decline of our military capability on Mr Cameron alone is a shocking political statement. I think you might find that it has been successive previous governments that have trimmed, chopped and underspent, along with the innate ability of the numbskulls at MoD to almost EDITED up every equipment contract they enter into with constant changes rung so that the contracter doesnt know whether he is coming or going.
Despite all of that, our military fights overwhelming internal odds to produce the goods, please do not be so disparaging of our capabilities, if you actually knew what you were talking about, you would not have been so disrespectful.
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I think it's fair to say that our military capability has been downgraded far more than is sensible; witness the fact that we don't even have any aircraft carriers anymore. If Argentina (which is also brewing up for a row over the Falklands again) did invade, the islanders would be well f EDITED ked. A sensible solution would be the redeirection of the Overseas Aid budget (.7% of GDP) to the MOD; unfortunately Cameron and Clegg are obsessed with trying to look nice and cuddly, instead of exercising their primary duty of protecting the UK.
As for North Korea, worrying as it sounds, I do not believe the Chinese would allow this jumped up little dictator to start WW3.
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Cameron and Clegg are obsessed with trying to look nice and cuddly
Admittedly Cameron disguises his contempt for the minions better than sneering George!
Big day tomorrow, as the cuts start to run deeper...
If you want to know about North and South Korea, who do you see?
A Koreas adviser.
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