North Korea probably hacked Sony. And made stupid threats. And for that, the U.S. imposed has sanctions – to the extent that’s even possible in the case of North Korea.
But this is the country that has killed hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of its own citizens by starvation, prison camps and apparent sadism. The only fat person in the nation is its psychotic leader, Kim Jong-un. Here’s a shot of the double-chinned psychopath:
Now WC doesn’t want to minimize the worrisome computer skills of the Suicidal Kingdom. WC doesn’t want the North Koreans hacking a power plant or the Pentagon. But really, in the vast array of North Korea’s violations of human rights, nuclear bans, internal priorities and leadership idiocy, isn’t the Sony hack a tiny speck of wrongdoing? Rummell estimates North Korea has killed as many as 4.8 million of its own people, excluding casualties in the Korean War. The country’s own bureaucracy estimates 2.5 to 3 million people died from 1995 to March 1998, mostly as a consequence of the government’s mismanagement of its economy.
Worse, the deaths fell disproportionately on women and children. Men and soldiers may have been underfed, but didn’t starve. It’s called Sŏn’gun, often spelled Songun, and is North Korea’s “Military First” policy, which prioritizes the Korean People’s Army in affairs of state and allocates national resources to the “army first”. Because you can never tell when someone might want to invade that wretched, miserable country. Remember, it’s been ruled by a series of psychopaths who give higher priority to nuclear weapons than feeding their own people.
The Orwellian tactics of the North Korean leadership have created people nearly uneducated and helpless in a modern world. Led by an obese paranoid in a land of malnourished, uneducated people. Perhaps Animal Farm is a more apt metaphor than 1984.
But it wasn’t North korea’s crimes against humanity that led to the most recent sanctions. It was hacking Sony.
Kind of says it all.