North Korea likes to get their people excited for potential conflict. One of their newest videos shows off one of their most common practices and, fair warning, it is disturbing.
North Korea recently released a doctored video that depicts US aircraft being destroyed by a Pukguksong missile, according to Yahoo News. The latest images came from the state-owned website DPRK Today. The footage was released mere hours after US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam surveyed the area.
Along with the US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers, there were also US Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts that took off from Japan. No actual missiles were launched.
However, the pilots were on high alert. The area they were surveying was further north of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea than any US aircraft has flown in many, many years.
Aside from the fake bombing of the aircraft shown in the video, there is also a video circulating that depicts a North Korean submarine-launched missile hitting the USS Carl Vinson. This is meant to get the people of North Korea to support Kim Jong-un’s war efforts.
The videos also included captions. They read, “Should F-35, B-1B, and the Carl Vinson lead the US attack, they will head to the grave in that order.”
While the warning may have been meant to intimidate the United States, it has done quite the opposite. Everyone here knows that our military power far outweighs North Korea’s. Furthermore, North Korea is known for their empty threats.
In past videos, the North Koreans depicted the White House getting destroyed and, oddly enough, President Trump standing in a graveyard.
Kim Jong-un recently held a rally at Kim II Sung Square, where government officials attempted to stir up over 100,000 North Koreans.
“We are waiting for the right time to have a final battle with the US, the evil empire, and to remove the US from the world,” stated Ri Il-bae, an official with the Red Guards. He continued, “Once respected Supreme commander Kim Jong-un gives an order, we will annihilate the group of aggressors.”
Protestors at the rally were yelling slogans such as “total destruction,” as sentiment towards the US was further eroded by Kim and his high-ranking officials. Footage of rallies like these are jarring. North Korea reminds one of a dystopian society — one where the citizens have little to no actionable understanding of the real world. They, in many cases, still believe they’re following a god.
Is North Korea pushing us toward war?
Chances are, tensions between the United States and North Korea will continue to flare up. Kim knows that an attack on the US would lead to the end of his regime, and the unfortunate destruction of his otherwise-beautiful nation. The people of North Korea deserve to be free of Kim’s uncannily cruel grasp, but the dictator is using their innocence, and their numbers, as a shield.
It is scarcely possible to draw up a military solution to the problems we’re facing in North Korea that does not involve civilian casualties. Kim knows the United States seeks to avoid such casualties, and is likely hiding behind his citizenry.