Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Just Across the Ditch

To you it's all so far away...

Defiance and saber rattling,
Praise of the Great Leader screamed behind pumped fists,
Troops marching with grim determination,
Readiness to defend the motherland, or so they're told.

To you it's all so far away...

Faces lean and gaunt,
Standardized clothes hanging loose,
Empty, like the store shelves,
The sacrifices demanded to fight the empire, or so they're told.

To you it's all so far away...

The face of the Great Leader and his Dear son,
Watching from every wall and lapel,
Like deities in flesh surrounded in legend,
Providing everything, or so they're told.

To you it's all so far away...

In the streets, they see the empire being crushed,
On the screen, every villain has a white face,
In every mind, the world has fallen to the barbarians,
Every soul must be prepared to die, or so they're told.

To you it's all so far away...

Another agreement tossed in the bin,
Mountains shuddering as atoms are split,
Missiles sent flying into the sea,
Another victory of the Great Leader, or so they're told.

To us it's all so far away...

Their furthest-flying missile can scarcely reach Alaska,
But every part of Japan can be easily hit,
Yet while the news mentions the growing danger,
The flu is still the only thing worth talking about, or so we're told.


  • I thought I saw a vein about to burst. Yes, Japan is certainly in the hot seat. You really are not the target, however. It is the the USA, and if it has to be the USA at sea, or in South Korea. The bomb is coming. Question I ask is, did he prepare a second bomb to be ready before the test, or did he just shoot his wad?

    By Anonymous Dave, at 11:05 AM  

  • Dave-
    Don't forget that Japan is still the primary center of American military operations in the West Pacific and Indian Oceans. The overwhelming majority of US forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, off Somalia, and in South Korea come via Japan and get a lot of their orders, info, and logistics through Japan as well. If it comes to a shooting war, it makes both strategic and tactical sense for North Korea to hit Japan if it's able.

    Japan is also the source of a lot of North Korea's hard currency both through commerce and through North Koreans living here sending money home. Whenever there is a problem (such as now), Japan moves to cut off that pipeline. I think part of the current dispute has to do with the fact that Japan hasn't relaxed all of its sanctions from the last spat, and it's finally starting to bite.

    I read that experts estimate that the DPRK may have as many as seven nukes right now.

    More than likely, this latest show of belligerence on North Korea's part is meant to intimidate the administrations of both Prime Minister Aso and President Obama into offering more food aid, which the North Korean government will accept and then tell its people was "generously provided" by Dear Leader Kim Jong Il...while continuing to immerse them in anti-American brainwashing. This is how North Korea tends to operate.

    There's also the no small fact that Dear Leader Kim Jong Il is obviously in very poor health, and his days may be numbered. His choices for successor don't look very promising, and there have long been rumors of a possible power struggle in the upper echelons of the DPRK military. The fact that the top brass suddenly got rid of their Kim Jong Il badges and replaced them with older Kim Il Sung ones a few years ago was seen as a possible danger sign. The Dear Leader's grip on power may be far more tenuous than we think; we don't know who's really running the country, after all.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 1:06 PM  

  • It would be nice for the North Koreans if they got someone strong enough to be in power, but smart enough not to use buffoonery to starve them all. Given human nature, that is about the best they could hope for at this point.

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 12:13 AM  

  • Japan Times online has a poorly timed headline: "Fallout to hit Japan" - which turns out to be an article about the GM bankruptcy.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 1:43 PM  

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