North Korea life vs. life in the United States

This morning I read an article about life in North Korea.  I found it disturbing.  It spoke about imprisonment and life in general.  Below is an out take of the article:

All the fanciful and funny myths about North Korea’s dictators cover up a disturbing truth, however: Some 154,000 North Koreans live in prison camps, according to South Korean government estimates. (Other international bodies put the number at closer to 200,000). There are six camps, surrounded by electrified barbed wire. Two camps allow for some “rehabilitation” and release of prisoners, according to “Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West” (Viking, 2012). The rest are prisons for life.

“Escape from Camp 14″ tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person known to have escaped from one of these camps and to have made it to the outside world. Shin was born in the camp; his father was imprisoned because his brother had abandoned North Korea for South Korea decades earlier.

Torture, malnutrition, slave labor and public execution are ways of life in the camps, which are known from satellite imagery. An Amnesty International report in 2011 estimated that 40 percent of camp prisoners die of malnutrition.

This is really sad and to think that people in North Korea know this as the norm.  The children there think that eating bark off trees is a normal thing throughout the world.  The teachers and children that go to school learn of nothing but North Korea and their accomplishments but the real reason they go to school is to be fed.

Below is some information concerning prisons here in America.  You will see that we have far more people in prison than necessary.  You see we put people in prison for drug possession and the intent to distribute.  This is really unnecessary.  Why should the American Taxpayer pay for such a thing.  These people if anything should be placed on house arrest and forced to find employment to pay their own way.  Even if it is working on farms.

I know this is controversial but I really don’t think that people should be placed in prison for marijuana possession or the intent to distribute.  This is a whole area that most people would not agree with but it is a non violent crime and when compared to alcohol effects you will find that marijuana is far less impairing.  The prohibition of marijuana is really silly.  We are dooming our young with a felony on their record just for trying out the drug.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a job with a felony on your record?  And if you really sit down and think of it.  How many people can say with all honesty they haven’t tried marijuana?  Most people that say they haven’t are liars.  The difference is that the ones that tried it just didn’t get caught.

Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment, rehabilitation, or both for the commission of felony and other offenses. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At year-end 2009, it was 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population.[4][7][8][9][10]

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2010 – about 0.7% of adults in the U.S. resident population.[7] Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or on parole.[4] In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2009 – about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.[3][4][11]

In addition, there were 70,792 juveniles in juvenile detention in 2010

I would like to thank Wikipedia for the above information.  As you can see we imprison more of our population than North Korea.  The conditions in prison here in the United States are better but the numbers are staggering.  So once again just something to think about.

North Korea Boasting???

Over the course of the last few months it is speculated that North Korea has been boasting.  So far, it has said that it will launch a nuclear war with the United States and South Korea, it will conduct a nuclear pre-emptive strike on the US, You-Tube videos of the US and South Korea in a “Sea of Flames”, starting a nuclear power plant to produce electricity and nuclear material for bombs, and a few other things.  But notice what is missing from the threat??  Japan and Guam.  They really didn’t mention specifically Japan or Guam in their threats.

The United States is ,in my opinion, underestimating North Korea.  It is reported that two of North Korea’s submarines have gone missing.  According to Jane’s Fighting Ships those submarines are designed by Russia and are very advanced compared to a similar submarine that is used by Russia.  I would say that North Korea is not stupid nor is it’s leader.  In todays world submarines don’t just go missing.  With satellites, SONAR, RADAR, and other equipment, it is hard to misplace a couple of submarines.

Currently, North Korea is starving it’s citizens.  To be more exact 24 million of it’s citizens.  It has no ties with the South, or the United States.  So what exactly would be in it’s best interest?  Believe it or not going to war with the United States and South Korea.  Let’s just throw Japan in for good measure.  Kim Jong Un would travel to some other country, let’s just say China.  Since China has a huge number of North Korean’s migrating there daily.  Kim could easily disguise himself to blend in with any number of North Korean’s.  Go to China and start a new life.  He would be considered a National Hero.

If Iraq is any example of what would happen, then the United States and it’s allies would wipe out all of the country.  Then rebuild it and open up direct lines of communications plus provide aid to the country.  Now that would not take care of it’s nuclear ambitions but it would take care of it’s economic problem.  Perhaps a nuclear North Korea is not really the aim.  Perhaps that is just boasting and leading the wolf to the slaughter so to speak.  We do not go in destroy a country and not help them rebuild.  We also start communications with the country.  We aid them in whatever way necessary.  So feeding those 24 million people would be our priority.  We would also make certain that they had the proper infrastructure.  Even when we are in dire need of infrastructure changes ourselves.  A provocative move from the North would only be in it’s best interest not worst.  You must remember that Kim Jung Un received his education in the west.  He is young but not stupid.  When we invaded Iraq we dropped leaflets written in their language to let them know to run and hide.  Then hours later we destroyed the country as they knew it.  Would that be a major problem for North Korea?  I say no.  It is like a homeless man that stabs someone on the street.  He has nothing to lose but everything to gain.  By putting him in jail you are only improving his situation.  3 square meals a day, a roof over his head, a bed to sleep in, and his own bathroom.  By attacking North Korea it would only improve their situation.

Of course, we would eliminate all nuclear ambitions for years to come.  As demonstrated in Iraq, they were burning American Flags a year later.  We would supply North Korea with the sludge left over from the gasoline processing method so they could run their power plants.  They have received it in the past as part of their aid package for free from the United States since we have no use for it.  We would suddenly, working with our allies throughout the world, provide aid to North Korea.  So like the homeless man we would only improve their situation.

According to the News, two North Korean submarines have gone missing.  And just where are those two submarines?  Have they sent them to our undefended east coast?  Japan?  Guam?  The west coast?  Right now we have no idea but in time we will.  When I say in time, I mean in only a few hours time.  These particular types of submarines run on batteries that have to be recharged by diesel engines.  These engines, when running, are very loud and easily spotted by US forces.  So we will know where they are headed and when they should get there.  With all the ships we have in the area currently, it should be no problem to detect them in no time.  But don’t forget the North Korean Powers that be, are no dummies.  The smartest thing they could do is put those submarines on battery power and get them as far out to sea a possible.  Past our war-games and into open ocean.

Please keep in mind that all information in this blog is based on what is read on the internet and Jane’s.  So please don’t take my word for gospel but know that according to what I have read on the internet, North Korea is capable of putting a rocket in our backyard.  Or traveling with nuclear material move the submarine into an area and detonate.  We really have not concentrated our defenses on the East coast but everything on the West coast.  We really need to keep our eye on the ball and get our East coast built up with equally capable power as the West.  Submarines are relatively easy to move throughout the ocean without detection.  Fortunately, we (The United States) have probably the best Sonar Operators in the world.  So moving without detection is going to be difficult.  And who knows maybe they want to be detected making us take our eyes off the ball.

So when you are tucked up in bed tonight just think about this… how safe are we?  Really, how safe are we??  I am sure that Kim Jong Un has played a game of “Risk” or two!