Below is a post published on 121212. I thought it was worth looking at again considering the recent events in North Korea and our military build-up in the region.
On the heels of a successful ballistic missile launch by North Korea a couple of things occurred to me.
First, we had to let that launch happen to show the world, and those Liberals living in New York, that “Yes… the North Koreans do, in fact, have the ability to put a nuclear device on something and send it somewhere far away.” So… now you know.
Second, China does not care. (At least not in the way we would like them to.)
It is not some intellectual feat to realize that the Chinese could stop North Korea from doing what it is doing at any time they wished. What might be puzzling is that the Chinese have nothing, in regard to technology, to glean from a sticks and stones program.
It is also not a leap to see that China views North Korea as part of what would be a Global China and meld seamlessly into their country.
They have an excuse to just take it… So what’s going on?
The Chinese have a serious problem on their hands. They need stuff for their people to do. “Serious” cannot be stressed enough in this context.
This is not a Western type problem where we argue about 3-4% differences in unemployment. They need tons of new jobs every month… every day. So much so that they have undertaken building Ghost Cities and Moving Mountains… literally. If they don’t find things for their population to do they will have internal strife rarely matched in history… some of these things are already happening in the outlying areas of China. When you don’t keep your people busy… and fed… they start sharpening the pitchforks.
So, do they really want another 30 Million people who need stuff to do? (This aspect of how they Chinese treat North Korea occurred to me after reading a post by Sobpol: here.) No, they don’t. Revolution and rebellion is not fun for anybody.
So look at it this way, if the world decides to intervene in North Korea the Chinese can fire up the People’s Army… creating stuff for their people to do. If they drag their feet a little and allow for some population reduction and general destruction in North Korea during such a military event all the better. The Chinese know that whatever the outcome they will be the ultimate possessors of the northern peninsula with its newly created work projects, ports and resources. They will easily be able to place themselves as the “peacemakers” and showing “extreme restrain” by not engaging those powers at war with the North Koreans. Being allowed to walk into North Korea will be payment for not interfering… and they will need that as a promised outcome. Time is on their side.
So don’t look to the Chinese to help with North Korea. It is in China’s best interest to allow Un to hang himself… all of us to make a mess of the country… and them to clean it up… so to speak.
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While we have all been paying attention to the presidential debates this week, the UN has been very busy indeed. Between the Middle East Melt Down, Syria and Turkey, Iran and North Korea the Evil West’s ears should be burning.
So… with limited time before my sobriety subsides…
Today’s Modern Language lesson will be in North Korean.
(I’m not sure how many of you speak North Korean, but if you do, feel free to skip ahead where comfortable.)
North Korean is a unique language, beautiful in its flow and tonal value. When you are subject to it, becoming completely lost is not uncommon. So let’s explore this treasure of the Pacific.
North Korean representative Pak Kil Yon addressed the United nations with an important message.
“Today, due to the continued U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK…[and] the vicious cycle of confrontation and aggravation of tension is an ongoing phenomenon on the Korean peninsula, which has become the world’s most dangerous hotspot where a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war.”
(I realize most of you will have trouble with the pronunciations and subtle nuances of foreign languages, but don’t get discouraged, I can help with the translation and you guys can work on the intonation at home in your free time.)
Translation of the above quote: “Send Food!”
I know what you’re thinking… but just like the Germans, the North Koreans seems to use far too much verbage to make a simple statement. It’s part of the charm.
Here is another quote we can work on;
“The only way to prevent war and ensure lasting piece on the Korean peninsula is to put an end to the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK.”
I’ll give you folks a few minutes to work on this one by yourselves……….
OK. Got it? Right! Very Good!
“Send Food or We’ll Kill You!”
See? North Korean really isn’t that difficult.
If any of you are interested in trying to translate the entire speech, you can find it on the internet. But we’ve completed the heavy lifting with the above translations. It’s fascinating to note the apparent attitude of ‘enable us to continue oppressing our people or we’ll start a war” feeling you get from these quotes. While it’s possible to misinterpret tone when performing these types of translations, we have a long history working with North Korean to know this is exactly the tone they wish to convey. It’s such a lovely culture. I hope you appreciate it as much as I do.
Next week: Iranian
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