by Mark Angelides
With the latest information (confirmed by the Pentagon) that North Korea has fired a missile over Japan land into open waters, tensions in the area are running higher than ever. But what is really happening? In this article, we’ll look at two different theories that could answer the question of why Kim Jong Un has decided to make this dangerous play (be warned, the second theory is pretty out there).
This is part of a joint effort to firstly bolster his position within the DPRK, and secondly to garner International sympathy towards his country.
The initial part has already been achieved. Kim has shown his own people that he will not back down to threats or intimidation from other nations. Rodong Sinmun, an official in Pyongyang, said: “The US should know that it can neither browbeat the DPRK with any economic sanctions and military threats and blackmails nor make the DPRK flinch from the road chosen by itself.”
The second part will likely come about as a result of near complete condemnation from the more “Hawkish” nations. By portraying any moves against his position, Kim can claim that he is under attack from an American Empire builder. With the current political climate, it is not definite that other world leaders will automatically side with President Trump.
Theory Two (as mentioned, it’s a bit on the fringes)
Pyongyang has been contacted by elements within the United States government and assured that he will face no backlash if he carries out their instructions on launching a missile.
People who wish to depose Donald Trump have hatched a plan to make him the aggressor in a new war against North Korea. They have orchestrated the time, the trajectory and the landing position of the missile to push the president to take some kind of action against an act that can’t rightly be described as “an attack.”
The “Deep State” will push and push until he makes a decisive action (or at least announce one), and then step back. When it all goes wrong (which it will), they will claim this is clear grounds for which to remove him from office.
So there you have it, two theories. There are, of, course, many more possibilities for why Kim decided to launch a missile “across the bow” of Japan, ranging from his own personal madness, to China’s instruction…But these are my two favourites.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.Thanks
by Mark Angelides