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KOREA: Spectacular Theatrics Can Only Do So Much
The Strategy Page.com ^ | April 4, 2013 | StrategyPage.com

Posted on 04/04/2013 4:22:41 PM PDT by hamboy

The mythical North Korean “Ministry of Intimidation” is working overtime to come up with new threats each day. The government is using these threats mainly to create tension inside North Korea and more support for new ruler Kim Jong Un. This is essential this time of year because the food shortages are always worst just before new crops are planted. But it’s also the time of year when it gets warmer and the days are longer. This is a big deal because of the growing electricity shortages.

This sort of drama in North Korea is nothing new but it’s never been played this hard and long before. This theater always has a happy ending, with the third act featuring an imaginary victory for North Korea but no real change for anyone. It is all theater, backed up by the threat of violence that never becomes real. This time North Korea has got the world’s attention to an extent never seen before. For most of the planet this is all entertainment, but for most North Koreans it’s their lives, and when all the shouting is done most North Koreans are still cold, hungry, and in the dark without real prospects of much of a future. Spectacular theatrics can only do so much. The really important issue is what North Korean leaders do after the curtain comes down. What happens after the show is over? To actually go to war would be suicidal for the North Korean leadership.

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TOPICS: Conspiracy; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: korea; spectacular; suicidal; theatric

1 posted on 04/04/2013 4:22:41 PM PDT by hamboy
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To: hamboy

Kinda sounds like Obamacare?


2 posted on 04/04/2013 4:32:36 PM PDT by keving (We get the government we vote for)
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To: hamboy

No more aid of any kind to NK.


3 posted on 04/04/2013 4:34:02 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: hamboy

The author of the article denies that the DPRK has nuclear weapons. What gives with that? Even Obama acknowledges the Norks have nukes.


4 posted on 04/04/2013 4:35:00 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: hamboy
Lil' Kim needs to log on to Free Republic and ask Freepers for help in coming up with new threat ideas. Here's one:

The North Korean Military will invade the United States and confiscate all Obama phones!

5 posted on 04/04/2013 4:39:31 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: hamboy

I personally think Kim is also sending a message to China.

We assume they are friends, and indeed, China prefers an annoying, but very weak Kim on their border, vs. a united Korea that is friendly with the US and Japan - but there is probably a lot of underlying tension between China and N. Korea. We will never see it because communist countries don’t air their dirty laundry in public.


6 posted on 04/04/2013 4:41:11 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: hamboy; All

As a side note, sometime in the past few hours North Korea shut down it’s official Flickr gallery. It was there at about noon today, shut down now.


7 posted on 04/04/2013 4:41:33 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: MeganC

That’s certainly odd, isn’t it?

On might make a distinction between a test detonation and a deliverable weapons package, but I don’t think that’s what he meant. Besides, in the case of the U.S, there was what — a couple weeks between test and delivery?


8 posted on 04/04/2013 4:41:55 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: hamboy

Well Senator Jim Inhofe from OK told Newsmax that maybe we need to hit them with a pre-emptive strike to get their attention. Unbelievable! We need to back off and let them throw their temper tantrum as usual.


9 posted on 04/04/2013 4:42:48 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: hamboy
I think I read somewhere that Lil Kim Jong Un is a fan of western movies. Now his saber rattling has got me thinking.
I wonder if he might have watched an old British movie called, “The Mouse that Roared”. Maybe like the Duchy of Fenwick, he thinks losing a war to the USA would insure his nation untold prosperity.
If so, the poor dumb son beach is in deep doodoo. The USA is so broke WE need to loose a war to the USA of 1958.
If Lil Kim does start something BOTH of us will be f&^*ed.
10 posted on 04/04/2013 4:44:18 PM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

That’s it got haxxor’d by Anonymous.


11 posted on 04/04/2013 4:53:42 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: PGR88
We will never see it because communist countries don’t air their dirty laundry in public.

Well, at least until they suddenly disintegrate and replace the commies with utterly corrupt kleptocrats.

I guess they don't actually replace anyone come to think of it. The commies just drop the pretense and let their inner kleptocrats wave in the sunshine.

12 posted on 04/04/2013 5:11:37 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
It was hacked by Anonymous... 

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13 posted on 04/04/2013 5:19:34 PM PDT by hamboy (Psalm 109:8: Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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To: hamboy

It was up for a while after that.


14 posted on 04/04/2013 5:40:50 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: hamboy

Tell the Norks that if they fire that missile, we will agent orange their farmland. No food, no Norks and much cheaper than nukes.


15 posted on 04/04/2013 6:04:17 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: steve86
Besides, in the case of the U.S, there was what — a couple weeks between test and delivery?

About that, but the gun-type fission bomb used on Hiroshima was not tested first.

The Nagasaki implosion-type bomb that followed three days later was similar in design to the Trinity test bomb.

Trinity: July 16, 1945
Hiroshima: August 6, 1945
Nagasaki: August 9, 1945

16 posted on 04/04/2013 7:00:02 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives.)
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To: TChad
the gun-type fission bomb used on Hiroshima was not tested first.

OK, I remember that now. My dad worked at Hanford starting in 1945 and Los Alamos prior to that. Hanford, of course, was involved in production of the Nagasaki plutonium material.

17 posted on 04/04/2013 7:08:09 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: hamboy
This is essential this time of year because the food shortages are always worst just before new crops are planted.

Wouldn't food shortages be worst just before harvest?

18 posted on 04/04/2013 7:08:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: steve86
My dad worked at Hanford starting in 1945 and Los Alamos prior to that.

Did he tell any Richard Feynman stories?

19 posted on 04/04/2013 7:23:06 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives.)
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To: TChad

No, but I have read some of them on my own. Although the family does have a physicist of standing (not me), my father was a machinist.


20 posted on 04/04/2013 7:24:49 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86
my father was a machinist.

One of the guys who had to make the damn things work as designed. And they both did work.

My thanks to your father.

21 posted on 04/04/2013 7:38:03 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives.)
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