I remember thread not so long ago (I think it was a Brainglutton thread IIRC) asking why the North Koreans have come back to the table. I’m not sure if anyone answered that one of the reasons might be that they are rapidly running out of food (again) and that large segments of their population are out in the woods literally savaging for acorns. This problem with North Korea not being able to feed itself (or to provide adequate power) seems to be ongoing since the collapse of the old Soviet Union…and it can be argued that prior to that collapse they really were unable to really feed themselves before that, but received subsidies which got them through.
The picture in North Korea just seems to be getting grimmer and grimmer and the specter of mass starvation seems to me to be rising…all it will take is for a year or two of the list of countries currently pouring food into North Korea (United States, South Korea, China and Japan…3 of the 4 are fairly ironic to my mind) to stop doing so for a variety of reasons. Millions could potentially starve to death (I believe something like an estimated 3 million starved to death in North Korea in the '90’s if memory serves).
So, what’s to be done with this workers paradise? Is there anything that CAN be done? Should be done? Should we just leave them be to fall apart on their own? What about the human suffering? Should we continue to pour food (and in China’s case power and other aid) into North Korea knowing this will continue to prop up the government there, or should we just allow it to collapse? Maybe we should just give them some agricultural technology (i.e. ‘teach them to fish’)? What about a military option…just bite the bullet and take out North Korea’s government? Assassination of 'lil Kim and maybe some of the top leadership?
The choice seems to be a long lingering death for the poor people there as the status quo is maintained and props up the existing government verse a shorter but more horrific period of total starvation and perhaps revolution (if the people there COULD even revolt…something like 1 in 3 North Koreans are chronically malnourished…and that’s WITH all this aid) as we either let them starve or strike with our military to take the existing government out. Neither option seems palatable to me but clearly SOMETHING needs to be done there. Or does it?