North Korea might have The Bomb, but not electricity

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ghostrider, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    North Korea might now have The Bomb, but it doesn't have much electricity

    Last updated at 10:46am on 13th October 2006

    [​IMG] Blackout: While South Korea is a blaze of light, there's barely a glimmer in North Korea

    As the world grapples with how to rein in the "axis of evil" state which this week conducted a nuclear test, this spectacular satellite photo unveiled yesterday by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld shows in stark detail the haves and have-nots of the Korean peninsula.

    The regime in the north is so short of electricity that the whole country is switched off at 9 p.m. - apart from the capital of Pyongyang where dictator Kim Jong-il and his cohorts live in relative luxury. But even there, lighting is drastically reduced.
    The result, as shown in this picture taken one night earlier this week, is a startling contrast between the blacked-out north and the south, which is ablaze with light, particularly around major cities and the capital, Seoul, in the north-west of the country.
    Mr Rumsfeld showed the picture to illustrate how backward the northern regime really is - and how oppressed its people are. Without electricity there can be none of the appliances that make life easy and that we take for granted, he said.
    "Except for my wife and family, that is my favourite photo," said Mr Rumsfeld.
    "It says it all. There's the south, the same people as the north, the same resources north and south, and the big difference is in the south it's a free political system and a free economic system.
    "The people in the north are starving, their growth is stunted. It's a shame, a tragedy." An aide added: "This oppressive regime is too busy trying to make war to make life comfortable for its people."
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    One cruise missle on the one dot will end all troubles.
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

  4. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    They don't allow cell phones either and take them away from visitors. Colonel David Hunt said "There's not a living cat or dog in N. Korea - that's how bad the people are starving."
  5. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Imagine what one far-sighted General with brass cojones in the NK Army could do . . .
    Oust the Little man With Bad Hair, smooth over relations with China, give up the Nukes, bring light and food back to the people. He'd be as popular to them as a Rock Star here.

    One man . . . ;)
  6. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Except that from what I have seen it is like the novel 1984 and that one man is Big Brother. He has them all convinced that all good comes from him and all evil is due to those that oppose him. They worship him nearly as a god so if someone were to take him out they would most likely be killed by the masses they wanted to help and that one man would be replaced by his chosen sucessor or at least one in his own form.
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