Sergei82 wrote:You can't even imagine how many times they did this while I was living in Seoul. South Koreans are constantly on alert just in case, but nobody believes anything can happens. North Korea attacks == that will be the end of North Korea right away, and North Koreans understand it clearly. The only question is how much mess they leave behind before they go down.
There is a guy on my football teams forum who lives in Seoul and he confirmed what you said. The current activity is barely raising a ripple in the media there.
What Sergei writes rings a bell. I have toured South Korea. You can take a day-trip up to the DMZ to witness the border and North Korean soldiers manning the frontier. (To go, you have to wear a long sleeve shirt and trousers - if you're a backpacker you can rent them).
There is a feeling of threat, but it is something that the locals have just learned to take for granted. Anything kicks off and the backlash will be immense.
I have also been to Israel. In summary it's 'ditto, but about * 3'. Perhaps because it has enemies on 3 sides. The armed forces can mobilise nationally in 10 minutes IIRC. Even off-duty female soldiers are down on the beach with their M16 lying next to them. (I think I previously mentioned that one time I was in a club in Israel and 'popped a girls clip'. Then we had the sub-meme of 'Bikini-girls with machine guns').
Scabre rattling intended to induce paranoia. To those nearest they are used to it. NK has not sent any form of rocket more than 250-300 miles. Tokyo is the first place they threaten on hitting (if they could). As they know that will tweak the western twankie to the max.
To get an insight, I suggest this thought-provoking book...
This is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood
http://www.amazon.com/This-Paradise-Nor ... y+paradise
These people are so impoverished they couldn't walk to the border, even if they could get uniforms, weapons and rations. And they sure as hell haven't the fuel to mobilise a fighting army. Their 'missiles' are empty tin tubes ... at least for the time-being.
Talk about a 'shadow-state' where the people would benefit from liberty. In some ways it seems obscene that such a tyranny can exist within this day and age... China's dirty-playing little proxy. It's akin to the world accepting but overlooking the Nazi atrocities. But there is simply not enough motivation for anyone to do anything about it.
Perhaps they are a useful-idiot state, for all