North Korea, the mysterious “Hermit Kingdom” that has been shut away from the rest of the world for so long, threatened the world with another nuclear missile test over the weekend. What should the U.S. do next, and why do North Koreans continue to believe their leader, Kim Jong Un, even when he’s endangering them by edging the world toward nuclear war?
On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said that Kim is “begging for war” by continuing to test nuclear weapons and urged for the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea. The U.S. has attempted to use diplomatic solutions but has also ignored the North Korean problem for too many years.
North Korea is a clear threat to Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, and nuclear war would mean the deaths of tens of thousands of people, but the hermit regime would almost certainly guarantee its ultimate destruction by taking on countries including the U.S., South Korea and China.
“Why are they poking the bear if they know that by doing that, they are ultimately going to come to an end?” Allie Stuckey asked on Tuesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
Along with guest Joy Villa, Doc Thompson, Kari Malinak and Allie talked about the indoctrination of North Koreans and why they believe their government even when their leaders put their lives in danger.
Doc referenced incredible accounts from defectors who fled North Korea to be taken in by South Korea, which welcomes North Korean refugees and works with them intensively to help them assimilate to South Korean life.
“They believe North Korea is the center of the world, and they are the best at everything,” Doc said of those accustomed to Kim’s leadership. He shared a story about a woman who was happily living in South Korea and started crying after seeing the news that former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had died – even though she knows now that their “dear leader” had always been lying to them.
“That’s how deep it goes,” Doc said.