North Korean defectors aren’t exactly unusual: many people try to escape their nightmare lives in the world’s largest prison camp. Most go through China; the lucky ones get to stay there, and the luckiest make it to South Korea. The unlucky, on the other hand, are caught before they can escape or are sent home by the Chinese, which usually means execution at the hands of the North Korean security forces.
So it can’t be a good sign for the regime of psychotic dictator Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il when those defectors include more and more of his own security forces:
North Korean soldiers defect to China fuelling fears of imminent military clash
An upsurge in the number of North Korean soldiers defecting into China fuelled fears of food shortages and an imminent military clash.
Previously considered to be among the regime’s most important assets, the North Korean People’s Army has always been well provisioned in order to ensure the troops remain loyal.
But a poor harvest and the disastrous revaluation of the North Korean currency in November of last year has worsened the nation’s already dire economic straits.
Defectors have claimed that they were required to survive on noodles made of ground corn and that meat or fish were a luxury, a journalist for Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported from the Chinese city of Shenyang.
On one stretch of the border, Chinese troops apprehended five North Korean soldiers in May alone. Prior to the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March, allegedly by a torpedo fired from a North Korean submarine, it was rare for troops to be taken into custody on the Chinese side of the Yalu River.
The defectors have claimed that senior members of the party and the armed forces were stockpiling provisions, another indication that the regime is steeling itself for a military confrontation.
Of course, a few grunts crossing the line does not mean the regime is about to fall at any moment, but the increasing tempo of defections and the tales the defectors tell of the woes suffered by civilians now spreading to the military do indicate a trend that should have that insane dwarf Kim and his henchmen worried. Indeed, if the reports of stockpiling are true, they see the signs, too.
On his deathbed, Roman Emperor Septimius Severus reportedly told his children:
Be harmonious, enrich the soldiers, and scorn all other men.
The Emperor’s advice was sound for, at that point in Roman history, a ruler’s survival depended on the loyalty of the army. It appears Kim and his flunkies in the North Korean leadership have forgotten that middle part and are now scorning even the soldiers, not just the common folks.
That could well be their last, fatal mistake.
(via The Jawa Report)