Beating North Korea


One Free Korea advocates a subversion of the North Korean regime in all areas. These include the four principle areas of internal politics, external politics, financing, and military strength. By completely crushing North Korea’s ability to exist as an independent state, and by fomenting revolution within, North Korea may topple without Americans or South Koreans firing a single shot. And the Chinese will not be able to stop it.

Part of this strategy relies on the US, Japan, and South Korea to take a hard line against North Korea. Not only should we aggressively condemn North Korea’s belligerence, but we should openly talk about North Korea’s abuse of its people and demand that they allow the people to have liberty. By focusing the international dialogue on the plight of the people. North Korea will hardly be able to build any consensus or compassion among the nations.

The US, Japan, and South Korea need to portray the image that they will respond aggressively to any military provocation. We need to make sure it is understood that North Korea cannot expect to survive more than a few minutes if the war was reignited.

Financially, we can, and are, crushing North Korea’s overseas bank accounts. By systematically seizing North Korean assets, and making them work in the black market of world finance, we are hurting their ability to obtain the capital they need to finance the lavish lifestyle of the elite and the massive military along the border. Without money, and without all that comes along with that money, the North Korean government will have a hard time buying favors even among its own people.

Most importantly, we can be fighting a war behind the scenes in the streets of North Korea. The border between China and North Korea is almost as bad as the border between the US and Mexico. There is major trafficking in drugs manufactured in North Korea and humans enslaved by one side or the other. We can exploit this to get food, medicine, flash drives, and even weapons into the hands of the North Korean people.

North Korea is a small enough country that it isn’t too difficult to get messages in and out. Nowadays, more and more North Koreans have cell phones that the government does not know about nor allow. With this communication network, news can spread quickly—false or true—but more importantly, it is possibly to fight a coordinated political and insurgent war.

Also, more and more North Koreans are obtaining radios and TVs and computers with which they can watch South Korean broadcasts. The South Korean broadcasters are petitioning the South Korean government to allow them to actively broadcast to North Korea, and distribute the culture and news of South Korea to their northern brethren.

I don’t know if we are smuggling money, food, medicine and arms into North Korea. If we were, not even Julian Assange should know about it. (I pray he never finds out.)

Worst case scenario is that North Korea turns into Afghanistan—a hardened, independent people with the arms to protect themselves from each other and foreign invaders. If North Korea became such a fierce land—and the historical precedent is there—then that would mean a safer world for us and even for the children of North Korea. After all, at least the children in Afghanistan have freedom.

But most likely, what will happen is the government will collapse under its own weight. When people stop working for the government, or when government becomes so corrupt that not even the officials are doing what they are asked, and if the military becomes unruly and disorganized, then it will be ripe for South Korea to step in and absorb them all in. We are already well on the way there. Who knows? Perhaps tomorrow the country will collapse, as quickly as East Germany did, and just as surprisingly.

If it is possible to defeat the North Korean government without firing a single shot—and the precedent is there for the Korean people—then I am all for it. I would rather have North Korea freed without shedding a drop of blood.

But if it is not, and all-out war is inevitable, then let us fight it sooner rather than later, so that our children can enjoy a peace we did not.

Right now, I don’t mind either way. I am sure the US, Japanese and South Korean governments are working towards a proper resolution to this old conflict, and I am sure they care much more about the result than I ever will.


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