• remotelove
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    6 months ago

    My take is that it’s part of how to control the population. If NK propaganda is constantly saying that the world is going to invade and that the country has to always be ready for war may help keep them subservient and conditioned to being without many material things. (If your government has to feed a war machine, the people will always need to “ration”.)

    The theory goes that most of the rhetoric isn’t actually aimed at everyone else. It’s just to show the people how strong their government is. The need to poke at Japan, for example, by killing innocent sea creatures every year. This forces SK and the US to perform our shows of force. NK can point and say: “See! The world hates us and is sending their military to get us!”. (They are only half right about that.)

    It’s an endless and stupid cycle. Fat man is going to eventually get drunk and push the wrong button or a missile is going to veer off target and hit something important one day.

    I suspect China will calm an escalation from the world and absorb NK when that happens. Or, China let’s the world turn NK into the biggest DMZ in history. (NK is an effective defensive buffer for China, is the reasoning.)

    • Bartsbigbugbag@lemmy.world
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      6 months ago

      It might help if the US stops staging war games based on assassinating their leadership and invading the country. Like, maybe they could stick to defensive war games based on protecting SK, at least.

      • remotelove
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        6 months ago

        There is literally no difference in those two scenarios when it comes to war.