And So It Goes…#914


Another day, another test missile fire from DPRK aka NorthKorea. The missile was again reported as flying over sovereign Japanese airspace.

US Secretary of State Tillerson has  ” demanded ” that both China and Russia take firm measures against DPRK.

This is what an international  diplomatic relations kind of Groundhog Day looks like in a world of supposedly independent sovereign nation states.

The UN security Council is due to convene later on today in order to discuss this latest North Korean missile incident.

It’s only a few days ago that the security council passed a resolution imposing additional sanction against DPRK for its nuclear bomb tests.

Business Insider UK of 11 September applied lateral thinking to this seemingly intractable and worsening Korean imbroglio.

” When Jocko Willink‏, a former US Navy SEAL who is now an author and occasional Business Insider contributor, was asked on Twitter how he would handle the North Korean crisis, he gave an unexpected answer that one expert said just might work.

Willink’s proposal didn’t involve any covert special operation strikes or military moves of any kind. Instead of bombs, Willink suggested the US drop iPhones.

“Drop 25 million iPhones on them and put satellites over them with free wifi,” Willink tweeted last week.

While the proposal itself is fantastical and far-fetched, Yun Sun, an expert on North Korea at the Stimson Center, says the core concept could work.

“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,” Sun told Business Insider.

For this reason, North Korea’s government would strongly oppose any measures that mirror Willink’s suggestion.

Sun pointed out that when South Korea had previously flown balloons that dropped pamphlets and DVDs over North Korea, the Kim regime had responded militarily, sensing the frailty of its government relative to those of prosperous liberal democracies. ”

The off the cuff proposal has the major advantage of not involving as a central feature of its implementation the thermonuclear annihilation of several million people.

China and Russia  have seemingly been placed in the onerous position of having to do a favour for their greatest adversary and most potent military threat aka the USA.

And its all China and Russia’s fault if the USA has to resort to military action against DPRK if events don’t work out as the neocon Washington establishment wants them to.

I’d go with the iphones strategem.

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