Life in North Korea
If you read along with our Book Club in March, you learned a LOT about life in North Korea. It’s terrifying.
In North Korea, one wrong move can result in the death or torture. Public executions take place over seemingly meaningless “acts against the regime.” Trying to escape is a death wish for either you or your family. So how can the world fight back against such a regime? Well long story short- it’s pretty hard.
The regime (aka- the dictators at the top who profit off the suffering of their people) spreads INTENSE propaganda. Now you’re thinking… OK how can a random image ACTUALLY brainwash someone? How is propaganda effective?
Well close your eyes and imagine not having an iPhone, or the internet. In fact, you don’t even know the internet exists. You don’t have electricity. For entertainment, you and your friends gather around a homemade guitar and sing songs about loyalty to the regime. There have been several famines that wiped out entire villages. You’ve witnessed starving people and neighbors’ public executions. Oh AND, at school you only learn one subject: the history of the “great” leaders. You don’t know what freedom even is because you’ve never had it. And what you’ve been told your whole life is that everyone outside of North Korea has it even WORSE. Especially in America.
These people have no way of knowing the truth and thus, propaganda is extremely effective.
Our Relationship with North Korea
Sooo the regime is communist. Thus, they pretty much hate us and we pretty much hate them. Our ideals are COMPLETELY at odds. Communism favors a few at the top who act as dictators and Democracy favors the people and giving them freedom, equality, and a voice in their government. It’s just a principals thing.
Since taking office, Donald Trump has been SUPER vocal about his dislike of the North Korean regime.
Here’s the thing- it’s kind of kickass because, hello, they suck! But also pretty dangerous. In my opinion, there’s no GOOD way of interacting with a psycho like their leader (Kim Jong Un)… That’s why a lot of leaders just kind of ignore him. But Donald isn’t one to turn the other cheek!
So we engaged in war of words… They threatened us with claiming they could hit us with new missiles… Sent one into the sky. In China, it made the ground shake. In Japan, they could see it come back into the atmosphere. So let’s just say, Asia was pretty rattled.
Next, they claimed they would strike Guam which is a US territory closer to them.
Trump said uh no you won’t.
Nikki Haley our ambassador to the UN decided to take matters to the big dogs- The United Nations. She proposed $1 billion sanctions against North Korea… This means no one will do business with them, costing their country $1 billion in revenue. Their entire economy is only about $3 billion so this would pretty
much sink them. But Nikki needed to get EVERYONE on board to
get this passed… And she did. She got all 15 nations on the UN security council to agree to the sanctions. Guys. This is a BIG deal.
Russia is on that council (they don’t like us). China is on that council (they don’t either and they’re NK’s only ally). She got EVERYONE on board. Talk about a ride or die… I’d love to have this lady on my team! 90% of North Korea’s trade is done with China so we pretty much cut them off from the world with that vote.
Afterward, Trump made his big statement: that North Korea would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
So Kim got pissed and told us he would have the missiles ready to hit Guam within the next few days.
And that’s where we’re at folks. It’s been a few days and NADA so far from Kim Jong Un. But we will just have to hope and pray that he does not try anything crazy because we would likely go to war over it.
My favorite NIKKI HALEY interview about passing her sanctions: