Monday, May 25, 2009

OT: What Could North Korea Want?

North Korea is acting up yet again. It's hard for me to believe that North Korea actually wants to attack South Korea, Japan, or the US. So what is it that they want to achieve?

Whenever I think of North Korea, I think of the movie "The Mouse That Roared". Based on the novel of the same title, the movie is about a small duchy somewhere in the Alps who decides to declare war against the United States - not to win, but to lose, and lose badly and quickly so that the duchy can be rebuilt with the generous recovery plan from the US (much like the Marshall plan).

I have a feeling that I'm not far off the mark... They want to be militarily defeated so that they get rebuilt with outside money and resources.

Tokyo's Nikkei is having a delayed reaction to the N. Korea nuke and missle tests; it is currently down 83 points to 9,263. Korea's KOSPI Composite is down 20 points to 1,380.


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