Discussion in 'Asia' started by Kevin_Kennedy, Jun 6, 2009.
Campaign For Liberty — North Korea: Paper Tiger | by Doug Bandow
The one thing the North Korean Government pays for is the military. It has massed artillery in range of Seoul and can level that MAJOR population center in a matter of hours. It has ammunition weapons and millions of men under arms. They are in prepared positions in rough and mountainous terrain.
They are anything but a paper tiger.
N.K is an economic basket case but somehow it manages to still have a first class military?
How does that happen, anyway?
Despotism and totalitarian government.
3 million under arms, been poised on the 38th parallel for over 50 years. The Korean war never actually ended, there's merely been a cease fire.
To the OP: Exactly how has the US "threatened" NK? Does the author of the article elucidate?
It does not have to be 1st class. It just has to be effective. The artillery would level Seoul in hours. Killing millions. They are in dug in positions in mountainous and rough terrain in positions prepared and reinforced for over 50 YEARS. As I understand it there is an extensive minefield also.
For over 50 years they have trained for 2 things, launching an assault and defending against an assault. We have done neither. Since the 90's I don't think we have even held annual Marine war games for defending Korea. And the Army never trains for it, except the truncated Division that is there.
Our troops are right next door. We would call it threatening if North Korea had troops stationed on the border of Mexico and the United States, and I'm sure they feel the same way.
Complete strawman. Our troops are at the 38th parallel by AGREEMENT as part of the cease fire. NK AGREED to this.
When the US agrees to a cease fire with Mexico which allows their troops on our border and vice-versa, you'll then almost have a point.
Yes, I'm sure because they agreed to it that they're not threatened by our military presence at all.
I am an independent, and can quickly see why leftist/liberal opinions can be considered just so unbelievably fucking absurd and downright stupid by conservatives. The extreme desire and sickness of the far left in seeking to endlessly smudge the lines of acceptable behavior, to dumb down expectations when delineating civilized behavior of totalitarian nations, while requisitely attacking the US for just existing, is indescribable.
NK has kidnapped Japanese civilians, they maintain a massive army despite being unable to feed their people or obtain enough energy to drive their economy, and most importantly, they have tested nuclear weapons twice. How can a nation be called a "paper tiger" if it has nuclear weapons?
Because China controls them ?
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