Closing Thought–12Sep17

I am sure that by now we all are well aware of the situation with North Korea and its leader Li’l Kim………there have been a wealth of options open to the world to handle this growing problem….from open warfare to sanction to some sort of diplomacy…..and then there some uneusual ones that do not make much stir in the news……

Forget nukes and sanctions. A former Navy SEAL and current author has a more innovative idea for bringing down North Korea’s regime. “Drop 25 million iPhones on them and put satellites over them with free wifi,” tweeted Jocko Willink. This caught the attention of Business Insider, which floated it by an expert on North Korea at the Stimson Center, a think tank in DC. The bottom line? It’s not as far-fetched as it might seem. “This approach may be the longer route, but it has the hope of succeeding,” says Yun Sun. North Korea’s leaders realize the peril of opening up its estimated 25 million citizens to the world, says Sun, pointing out that Pyongyang has responded militarily to much simpler balloon drops of pamphlets and DVDs from South Korea.

“Kim Jong Un understands that as soon as society is open and North Korean people realize what they’re missing, Kim’s regime is unsustainable, and it’s going to be overthrown,” he says. The internet is available in North Korea to a select few and on a limited basis, Slate explained in a previous post. For example, grad students at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology have access, and while they’re closely watched, the monitoring is almost unnecessary. “North Koreans learn self-censorship from an early age,” writes Martyn Williams. “It’s key to survival,” and few would risk the consequences of going to banned websites. In the meantime, the UN is sticking with more traditional approaches: On Monday, it imposed the toughest sanctions yet.

Why not?  Would be better than some idiotic attack that would kill millions before it was over…..

Any thoughts?


12 thoughts on “Closing Thought–12Sep17

  1. I absolutely agree with such an approach. Currently, there are a few very brave defectors who continue to go back across the DMZ on a regular basis to smuggle in phones, DVDs, foreign magazines and newspapers, etc. If something like that occurred on a much larger scale, millions of eyes would slowly begin to open.

  2. Well, for as imaginative as that solution may be…

    1. Don’t iPhones require a phone number for WiFi to work? If so, are there 25 million different phone numbers available? But I am sure that’s a techie thing that could be overcome.

    2. In spite of the rare black market smuggled iphones inside NK, 25 million of these would be landing on people who have no idea what they are or how to operate them. Huge learning curve.. on top of the threats likely for using them. Neighbors turning neighbors into the authorities, kinda thing. It’s not like WW2 when people brought out their secret crystal sets to huddle around and listen to the BBC for hope of liberation.

    3. One good way of controlling use of iPhones is stopping whatever electricity can be used to charge the batteries. And from those space shot photos of a dark North Korea because of no electricity already, not likely the phone would work long before a re-charge that can’t happen. Unless of course you want to include solar chargers with the iPhone air drop.

    4. Kim could end up considering that a first strike. Who knows the result of that. Surely this blows the idea of the U.S. trying to convince Kim we don’t want regime change, so there goes some credibility.

    5. …and last, but not least… China does NOT want regime change in NK one bit. So, presume they will scream and holler and God knows what, on top of giving NK the technology to block the satellite link. China likely has the capability to destroy the satellite anyway to further escalate the situation.

    ……and I am sure there are other equally, if not greater points.

    Again… we need to focus on the problem.. and it’s not the missiles. Why is our presence even needed over there? That’s our ace-in-the-hole for negotiation.

    1. You were right this went to Spam….this is confusing for you are free to comment without problem and yet you get shuffled off every now and then….did you see the report the SK is putting together a “decapitation force” to use against NK? chuq

      1. Didn’t hear about an SK decapitation force.. but logic suggests in the last 60+ years this idea has been around more than once. The interesting political note to that idea is the Chinese might “accept’ any successful removal of the regime by the SK as an SK attempt toward unification, and not what they truly fear, US involvement for regime change (using some SEAL team or something) in order to remove the nuke threat, or, “better” our sphere of influence in the region, or both.

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