Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Skinny On North Korea
This is a soldier for the army of North Korea, throwing a stone at reporters. Check out his waist, and his left arm. Notice anything? If the army is that malnourished, what chance do you think that the general populace has of getting a meal once in a while? That soldier is so skinny, that the recoil from firing a standard-issue AK-47 would knock him down and probably dislocate his shoulder. And that's if he had the strength to aim the thing in the first place. Why do you think that, in this picture, he's throwing a small rock? It's the only strength he can muster.
I'm going to speculate a bit:
The nuke test was a dud. They cannot admit it was a dud, because the spectre of a NK nuke allows them little more leverage in extorting deperately needed commodities. They are straining to hide the utter failure of their Maoist government, and if they cannot admit it soon, Kim Jong Il will be the sole caretaker of Asia's largest graveyard.
China has been willing to play along in the charade, rather than admit that Maoist government is hazardous for your health. Once the bluff is called, it's anyone's guess as to what will happen.