Food bomb North Korea

In the tradition of beasts in the field Kim Jong-un knows that if he does not want to be tied to a post and executed with an anti aircraft gun he has to keep the threat of an American backed invasion by South Korea alive and well in his peoples’ minds. The threat of a US proxy invasion by South Korea is the only thing he has to offer. Otherwise all he has is their repression and starvation.

Not that the threat of a US invasion is a myth. America would love to see the demise of the Pyongyang regime because a united Korea would bring a huge boost to the US’s commercial and political influence in the region. Conversely the Chinese do not want to be politically and commercially doorstepped by America and North Korea is a buffer to that eventuality.

The Chinese could remove Kim Jong-un via an internal coup, but his sudden disappearance might provoke chaos which South Korea might well take advantage of by invading. This in turn would lead to a military confrontation with China and we would be back to the Korean War.

The answer is certainly not to refresh South Korea’s stock pile of weapons as President Trump is doing. An unconventional solution would be, after switching off all of North Korea’s electronic communications using an electromagnetic bomb, for the US airforce to food bomb North Korea under fighter and missile cover, not with a few thousand tons of grain, but a continuous rain of food over two months. After the period of electronic blackout would come a series of airbursts of tens of thousands of micro radios, perhaps smaller than the one in the picture, which would sycamore down over the country telling people what was happening and about the west. North Koreans would find it hard to believe what they have been told about America, that it is a capitalist hell barely able to feed its people. Where does all this food come from?

It would not be easy. Kim Jong-un would either try to shoot down the mercy planes or claim he had defeated America and that the US was trying to appease him with food. But with his communications reduced to a trickle, he might not be able to speak to his people.

Unrealistic as this suggestion may seem, the alternative is the only too likely danger of a crazed individual in the North Korean military, other than the crazy Kim Jong-un, doing a “Dr Strangelove” and firing a live weapon, not necessarily nuclear, at either South Korea or Japan.

A Far East Armageddon would ensue.©








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11 Comments on Food bomb North Korea

  1. Hello Harry,
    The weather here is overcast and drizzly, kind of reminds me of Wembley except that it is 90deg!
    However, where I am, Clearwater, we are about to get shit on from a great height. I await my fate as I sit at my computer in my world command center. Wife wanted to go to the local shelter but has changed her mind after getting a facebook sitrep from a friend already there, the place is packed to the gunwales, apparently you can cut the air with a knife, laden as it is with residue of farts, sweat, pets, overused toilets and damp, unwashed clothing.
    I am not a nuke-em type really but we have to accept that this genie is out of the bottle, and given the destructive power of nukes it is now more important than ever to remember the first rule of fighting; make sure you land the first blow!
    As for your thesis about how to avoid Big War; enough is never enough for the big elites, they always want more. The problems come when one party to the conflict believes they have a clear path to victory, and thus to ever greater power and wealth.

  2. Hello Roger of FL, how’s the weather?

    I used to be a great “nuke ’em” proponent myself.

    But over the years, I have had opportunities to discuss nuking with big-wigs in govt, public service incl diplomats, military and business.

    None, incl the diplomats, was a knee-jerk dove.

    But all said:

    No, nukes are there to ensure that everyone plays nicely -that is, heavy conventional as necessary, but no nukes, unless it really is Mutual Destruction Day.

    That’s today anyway -not sure re 1952.

    Best way to maintain peace, among the big countries:

    Ensure the v top elites in all big nations have command over vast personal fortunes that would be threatened by Big War.

    As for insurgents in good countries and bad guys in their own small territories who would cause harm to civilization -I’m happy for them to demobilized in quiet, permanent ways.

    Hope you are high, dry and out of the wind.


  3. I think it is long past time that the US stopped pussyfooting around with the World’s assorted madmen, be they bearded medievalists in Tehran or a little fat dynastic thug in NK. The US should inform NK through their Chinese puppet masters that all future missile launches will be intercepted at launch phase.
    In the event actual hostilities broke out, ten deep penetration bombs with nuclear warheads would sort out their artillery in a few minutes. Any move to invade SK would attract nuclear devastation of the NK divisions as they assemble at their start points.
    What we are paying for here is the reluctance of Harry Truman to treat the Korean war as a real war and do whatever was necessary to win it. The US could have wiped out the Chinese armies in 1952 using nuclear weapons, as General MacArthur wanted to do. Had that been done the World would be a safer place today.

  4. Dodgy, you might be right.

    But, I think more proboble is:

    a. Those 10,000 NK weapons would be suppressed by counter-measures within 5 to 10 minutes.

    b. China has agents within the NK regime, and a coup, very bloody but with low body count, will replace Kim’s regime with one that is China-friendly but does not continue missile and nuke tests.

    • We don’t have any countermeasures to the artillery capability that NK has. They are well dug in behind blast-proof doors, with anti-aircraft overkill protection.

      We could interdict the supply chains, and close them down that way. But not within 10 minutes. Their targeting may be poor, but the combined effect will still be very damaging. This series may provide some indication:

      • Thanks for Stratfor material, Dodgy.

        My thought at present is that major-shooting/border-crossing scenarios are v low probability -the least likely of next moves.

        Nothing in it for any of the parties.

        More barking, more tests, more barking, but no big shooting.

        All best, Harry.

  5. …An unconventional solution would be, after switching off all of North Korea’s electronic communications using an electromagnetic bomb, for the US airforce to food bomb North Korea…

    1- An ‘electromagnetic bomb’ is still in the realms of fantasy
    2 – The N.Korean military are very well staffed and have extensive manual weaponry.

    So, any move which could be interpreted by N.Korea as an attack would probably be met by an artillery barrage on Seoul from upwards of 10,000 weapons, and sundry other attacks which we cannot predict. Followed in short order by a North Korean invasion of South Korea, retaliation from the US, and then a massive invasion by Chinese forces who would take over the whole peninsula and install a puppet government.

  6. Yes; China grows more prosperous and influential with each passing year. Surely the last thing it wants is war. A stable but less aggressive NK would suit all concerned – not least the long-suffering NK populace.

    • They don’t want the war, but they are if anything even less keen on a long land border with a unified democratic Korea – an outsized Hong Kong which they can’t control.

  7. Let’s build on Ed-Dr. Harris’s ideas:

    First, let the on-going food drops be of pork, rice and bean shoots, not Western “recreational food” as the US has dropped on folk in the past (eg ‘pop-up jelly toasties’).

    Second, I reckon that NK is closer to a coup than it has ever been.

    Of course, China wants the NK buffer, and of course, SK, Japan and USA understand that.

    SK has done its sums, and realizes it must live with a China-oriented NK – invading NK is the last thing it wants to do.

    Plus, China is good at arithmetic too, and will want to install a new NK regime that will be the strong buffer against SK/USA/Japan, but will stop the missile and nuke tests.

    Let us remember: As an indicator of what is at stake, the top 1,000 PRC officials control more personal wealth than the top 1,000 US politicians. As such, China’s elite has no interest whatever in a real war.

    Finally, the most interesting military discussions at present would be among the militaries of China, SK USA and even Japan, on how not to mess up one anothers’ strikes on NK, if/when strikes are called for.

    It’d all be over in half-an-hour. Yes, casualties on the Peninsula, but not massive.