It seems to me, that the mounting tensions between North Korea and South Korea, are simply a contrived “teaching moment” for the Dear Leader’s son, and heir apparent. The tyrant to be must learn the weakness of the West. That no matter how far you push, the West will never actually go to War, no matter how blatant the aggression, the West will always blame itself for it. Moreover that no matter how out of hand your shenanigans have gotten, the West will always take a fig leaf, if only to cover their impotence.
How many times in the past has North Korea ratcheted up the rhetoric. How many times has North Korea offended the armistice? With what negative consequences? The more a schoolyard bully gets away with his anti social behavior the more aggressive he will become. Eventually dooming himself to a life of violence and incarceration… Where does North Korea stand among the nations of the World?
I have a question. Where did those retaliatory artillery shells land in North Korea? An empty field? Apparently no one was killed maimed or hurt by the West’s retaliation for, shelling a civilian area, resulting in two South Korean civilian deaths as well as of two military personnel. The unprovoked, sudden, clearly in violation of the armistice, attack, would have started a war in any other instance. If Canada attacked the USA in the same manner the two nations would teeter on the brink. Not so when North Korea attacks it’s southern neighbor.
In this case we have an example of a country doing, what it claims, would instantly send it’s army to war… if it were done to them. Holding others to a much higher standard of tolerance then they even claim to have. To the point of taking innocent human life… and there is nothing is less human hearted than that.
Next time, and there will be a next time, instead of shelling a minefield, South Korea should shell every artillery battery that fires on her, delivering it into oblivion. Don’t launch an invasion, don’t shell civilian targets but crush any weapon used against them. That would be a statement of determination. If the retaliatory shelling takes a week to do it. Pound the batteries to dust. But importantly, tyrants are like cats, they have poor memories and need to be corrected immediately, waiting a year and watering down any negative consequences with rewards is incentive to continue the negative behavior.
But what is the point of all this violence from the Communist tyrant in the North? The point is, that the Dear Leader’s son, needs to see, first hand, that the West is docile. Like a dog it can be beaten. Even though the dog, if it turned on it’s tormentor, would rip the abuser to shreds.
The last point to make about this “Teaching Moment” is that nothing galvanizes support for the regime in power more, than an external threat, even if it is generated by the regime itself. People have a natural fear of an “outsider” having power over them. Judging others by themselves they believe they would be tyrannized even worse then they are by their own government. So people rally around their tormentor in fear of the unknown. The people of North Korea are especially vulnerable largely because they have no yardstick to weigh their tyranny. They are subjected to constant indoctrination and propaganda. They are isolated from the rest of the world and they are terrorized by their own government. Here is a true story from the history of the old USSR to illustrate the point.
During the Second World War Stalin called STAVKA into his office. When they arrived Stalin had a chicken in his arms. Stalin then said, “Now I will show you how to rule the people.: Then, Stalin grabbed the chicken tight with one hand, ripping handfuls of feathers from the terrified chicken with the other. The chicken screamed in pain and terror. Blood filled the air. The Elite in the USSR watched the spectacle astonished. Then Stalin stopped. Reaching into his pocket he took out some grain and fed the terrified chicken. The chicken, out of it’s mind in pain and fear, ate the grain. When it had calmed down and had eaten some food Stalin set it down. The frightened chicken immediately clutched Stalin’s leg. Terrified it would be tortured again. Proudly, with a grin on his face, Stalin looked up at the men, standing in horror before him, and said, “That, is how you rule the people.”
And That, is the lesson for today, for North Korea’s tyrant to be… it applies to the people, and it applies to the World at large… It is only for the World’s Elite to prove it to him.
What do you think?