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03:18 PM on 02/02/2013
I'm not normally one to advocate pseudo-Imperialist actions, but the UN needs to put troops on the ground and planes in the air to remove this tyrant and his lackeys. Perhaps there is nothing to gain economically from such a venture (hence the ridiculous prioritization of the Middle East over N.Korea), but the last bastion of Totalitarian Socialism needs to be overrun for the sake of its own suffering people. Were military action to begin tomorrow, I think I would find myself at the front of the enlistment line. These people need us, now more than ever; not as conquerors or imperialists, but as humanitarians.
12:48 PM on 02/03/2013
You may be right. People are more important than oil.
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marco01
10:13 PM on 02/03/2013
Last time we tried that China sent in over a million troops
SPKen
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03:08 PM on 02/02/2013
they havent commited any "nuclear test" and even if they did, whats the problem? They have repeatedly said they want a deterrence against threats against them.
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Larry Brickey
01:30 AM on 02/03/2013
They've done two tests in the past. Neither was 100% successful. This will be the third. Their people have gone hungry for decades while the gov't continued to spend on one of the largest armies on the planet. They know South Korea is not going to invade. It's being used to scare the population.
SPKen
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11:08 AM on 02/04/2013
No they are scared of a invasion by either SK or US thats why they want a possible deterrence.
SPKen
Anti-war
02:35 PM on 02/04/2013
Of course they are scared, what if US lacked nukes while Russia had thousands of troops
in Mexico and threatened US with attacks and had war games outside US coast everynow and then? You need to widen your
perspective I guess, NK only act as anyone else would, that doesnt mean
you have to agree with their society/state. Stop threaten them, make
peace with them, recognize them and there will be no hostility back.
12:47 PM on 02/03/2013
Yes, they have. And their leader is scary. He could send a torpedo like weapon to the west coast of the USA. There is no threat against their country. The people are starving. Have been for years. You need to learn your history.
SPKen
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01:26 PM on 02/03/2013
You are a classic example of someone who have been scaredmongered'.
02:18 PM on 02/02/2013
Sanctions,,,lolololololol Our government thinks it works, and trying again with Iran,,lolololol. Our government is freaking hilarious!! lolololololol...
02:12 PM on 02/02/2013
Did we Invade Nazi Germany for basically, the same thing, a Holocaust, or because the Nazi's started sinking our ships, which were delivering supplies to Britain?
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StopCensoringMe
Aghast at the stupidity and bigotry
03:18 PM on 02/03/2013
We entered that war primarily because Germany's ally in the war, Japan, attacked our military base at Pearl Harbor. The rest of our full-fledged involvement was rather perfunctory.
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JScott
John Galt's last name is McGuffin-Smithee
01:31 PM on 02/02/2013
The land of zombies.
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MarcEdward
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09:31 AM on 02/02/2013
Putting military power over the good of the citizens, at least that could never happen in the USA 
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11:43 PM on 02/11/2013
Unless they disarm us. No sarcasm here.
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atexasdem
Pointing out the foolishness of republican voters.
08:57 AM on 02/02/2013
Cannibalism does solve two problems at the same time. Overpopulation and starvation.
05:31 AM on 02/02/2013
As I understand it, people have been starving to death for quite some time in North Korea. I read a thing years ago about people eating grass and clay if they could get it. This can't be the first boiled baby. Why now? (Must I add that this is all far beyond horrific?)
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Robert Eckert
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12:18 PM on 02/04/2013
It is doubtful that the cannibalism is a new thing. More likely, it is only recently that word has gotten out about it.
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Will Buckner
Beware those in whom the urge to punish is strong
01:25 AM on 02/02/2013
and despite all this north korea has a higher life expectancy than iraq or afghanistan or yemen or pakistan or somalia -- countries the US is notably murdering thousands in. at least according to World Bank figures.
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No More Spin
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04:41 AM on 02/02/2013
Do you have a link for those figures from the World Bank. One has to wonder how accurate any information on North Korea and it's population can actually be considering its isolation and secrecy.
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Will Buckner
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04:04 PM on 02/02/2013
http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.LE00.IN

if you're going to question the north korean figures you might as well question all of them.
06:19 PM on 02/01/2013
Horrifying. And we're wondering why N. Korea is spending money on their military, especially nukes. Well, anyone here can do a little research on how many times the USA has threatened North Korea. with nuclear weapons. It's happened over and over since MacArthur proposed it during the Korean war. The leaders of that country have been none to stable, to put it mildly, and we've continually tossed out the nuke card in front of this mini-dynasty of crazies. What in the world do we expect from these people other than attempts to defend themselves?

Maybe professional, carefully thought out statesmanship would have done us more good over the years. Maybe not too late to start now. But naw, too easy to just threaten them with nuclear annihilation.
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06:09 AM on 02/02/2013
We're not going to get anywhere with really any direction we go, unless the leaders themselves feel threatened.

As to how a country could worry about it's military might more than the average person...

The US spends the most money on military affairs, has the most money of any nation, throws away enough food to feed the world several times over...

And an eighth of >our< populace is going hungry.
08:23 AM on 02/02/2013
For 60 years we've threatened North Korea's leaders. It has not worked.
06:27 PM on 02/04/2013
the us has the most money of any nation? with over $16 trillion in national debt? what cans are you huffing from?
SPKen
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03:09 PM on 02/02/2013
Great post. Of course a state want a deterrence after decades of threats. Apparently people in charge refuse to acknowledge this.