A brief look at the preparations that North Korea is making for the all-out war that they are calling against the United States and its allies may cause a double take by modern warfare-watchers. If you didn’t know any better from the propaganda, you’d think you were thrown back in time to the 1940s. As for the radio announcements about the patriotism of the people in light of this “attack” by American forces, the CBS newreels that played in the movie theaters seems more up-to-date.
When Kim Jong-un wished to make a newsreel of his own as a piece of propaganda, I’m pretty sure that he didn’t think it would be more frightening to the director and crew of the film than to the US; regardless, that’s what it was. In fact, when the decree was issued to the people to assemble in Kim Il-sung Square in a show of solidarity for their God King, they streamed in quickly (having really had no choice, not to mention that soldiers with guns knocking on doors, house to house, wouldn’t take too kindly to calling out “sick”). And so they assembled by the tens of thousands…and the propaganda rang out…
At least 3.5 million young people and retired soldiers have joined the North Korean military to fight in the event of a war against the US, state media said, adding that people are rising up “to retaliate against” Washington.
“All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the US thousands of times,” North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun, the Workers’ Party newspaper, reported, as cited by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.
According to the paper, about 3.47 million people, including students and retired soldiers, asked the authorities to enlist them in the military.
“In North Hwanghae Province, 89,000 young men pleaded to enlist or reenlist on August 9 alone. In Daedong County of South Pyongan Province, more than 20,000 students, party members and laborers filed enlistment or reenlistment requests,” the paper said.
Welcome to 1945, ladies and gentleman. If you think this sounds dated, where young men are “pleading” to enlist or reenlist, then you are beginning to understand the mentality of the North Korean people. For lack of a better term, these people have been trapped in a world where they are devoid of what is happening out in the real world. They are prisoners in a place where all news from the outside world is filtered through the eyes of Kim Jong-un and served for consumption of a people hungry for more information about these other countries who want them dead.
The war of words between Pyongyang and Washington has escalated since US President Donald Trump took office. Trump has repeatedly stated that the White House has run out of patience with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Amid the recent spike in tensions, Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” later adding that the threat wasn’t tough enough.
Pyongyang recently said it was working on a plan to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the US territory of Guam, some 3,200km from North Korea. US officials then told NBC that Washington has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, should Trump order it.
But not all foreign nationals believe that the conflict to come is in any way something that we should be overly concerned with, especially those who have left the umbrella of Russian influence. A former Soviet officer had opinions that are contrary to what you’ll hear in the Fake News Industrial Complex (FNIC).
Speaking to RT, Leonid Ivashov, a political analyst and retired Russian colonel-general, said North Korea wouldn’t stand a chance against the US if the conflict entered a military stage.
“It’s a total mismatch,” Ivashov, who currently heads the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, said of a possible confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang. “The US is a superpower, while North Korea is a small regional player. North Korea can’t compete with America on any level.”
Ivashov was also skeptical of Pyongyang’s threats to target Guam in case of an attack.
“The US has a powerful anti-missile defense system off the coast of the Korean Peninsula… which may well intercept Pyongyang’s missiles. The Guam airbase which North Korea is planning to attack is also covered by US anti-missile defense,” he said.
If the North Korean leader is not careful, he may get exactly what he’s been pretending he wants: a war with the United States. Perhaps, though, Trump’s tough words will serve to tamp down tensions and the president (although he will never get the credit for it in the FNIC) will have averted his first major international event with the power of a promise.
If not, Kim Jong-un will be following his father and grandfather in the nighttime place from whence no one returns.