Does anyone know of a good website, paper, or book that offers any good analysis on the PDRK’s motivations?
Please let me explain what I mean. I see in the news the things that the PDRK says officially. Oftentimes, it is bluster and bravado. I could understand if this was intended for the consumption of their own people, but I don’t understand why they don’t take a more rational and/or realistic course with what I will call the rest of the world.
I mean, to me, it seems like insanity. They must surely be aware from their own intelligence services that most of the rest of the world doesn’t take them very seriously. So, I can’t see it as a face-saving sort of thing. I also reject the idea that they play these brinksmanship games to get what they want–they have been underdeveloped for some 50 years because of this and I would hardly consider it a successful tactic.
I am also puzzled as to why such a closed society would participate in the world cup. It seems like a profitless risk for them.
I don’t want to fall into the easy answer of saying they are all nutjobs, or stupid, or irrational. I have to think that there must be some rational explanation. So, I am curious as to what it is.