[Marxism] Shooting war in Korea

Dan d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Tue Nov 23 16:01:54 MST 2010

Given the "military first" political ideology currently espoused by
North Korea, there are two possibilities behind the minituare "wall of
fire" experiment that had just taken place. For those of you who don't
know the expression "wall of fire", it refers to the four-decade old
military doctrine of North Korea that relies for deterrence on a massive
artillery barrage (around 11 000 soviet-era artillery pieces firing
around 5 incendiary shells a minute each from bunkerized positions )
directed at Seoul which lies only 60 kms from the border and
concentrates 60% of South Korean population. This threat has always
constituted NK's main strength in it's dealing with SK.

Anyway, the way I see it, there seem to be two possibilities :
1) Kim Il Jung's youngest son and heir apparent is showing off his
ruthlessness in an effort to establish his credentials with the NK
2) Elements within the NK military apparatus are making sure that no
rapprochement can occur with South Korea once Kim Il Jung is gone and
forcing NK policy into a continued heavy reliance on the "military
first" approach.

Either explanation is plausible. If a young successor takes charge, he
might need to be tied effectively to the interests of the military
establishment that runs the country.

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