North and South Koreas Outbreak In War
John F. Kennedy once noted: “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” Rising tensions between two opposing forces can lead to intense conflict. Provided that China and Japan have struggles of their own, North and South Korea have had struggles since 1950 (“Korean War”, 1) and continue to hold their conflicts, which seem to be increasing. South Korea, a democratic nation, is the exact opposite of North Korea; a hyper-nationalist nation - seemingly creating a “personality clash” between the two. Much like World War I, there may be, sometime in the future, a full blown war because of North Korea’s hyper-nationalist secretive rule. North Korea’s isolation, internal struggles, and Kim Jong-un’s intention of proving leadership will increase tensions between North and South Korea and may result in an outbreak of war in the near future.
Throughout the global media North Korea’s isolation and Harsh rule has become increasingly secretive, although some facts have been detected (“North Korea Profile”, 1). According to data collected from The Guardian, eighty-one out of one-hundred people in South Korea have access to the internet, yet in North Korea around .1 out of one-hundred people have access to the internet . Not only is the greater population of North Korea disconnected from outside sources, yet leaders in North Korea are also isolated from outside sources; putting themselves at a disadvantage. North Korea may launch a war, but they are unaware as to what they are up against because of its secrecy . Around one million are serving in the North Korean Army, but when South Korea’s army; combined with the U.S’s army (their ally), the ratio of the North Korean Army is significantly smaller (Taylor, 1). North Korea’s Military, however, is outdated and short upon supply - creating an even bigger disadvantage if they decide to go to war (Kim, 1) . Unless North Korea develops into a less secretive country, their isolation towards outside locations will decrease, quickly, and North Korea may mistakenly launch a war - not knowing the consequences.
Many historians have noted that a fundamental cause of WWI is the aspiration to eliminate internal disorder (Spielvogel ,718). Many strict rules in North Korea are forced upon the public; for example, there is not freedom of expression - if one differs from any opinion, then one will experience extreme punishment (“North Korea: Human Rights Concerns”, 3). Similar to China’s internal defeat in the 1800s, China lacked modern technology and was internally crushed by outside western forces (Problems Facing China...Worksheet) If North Korea’s intense absolutism and harsh laws/actions causes an internal rebellion/war, Kim-Jong-un may steer the greater population towards a different direction and spread propaganda, perhaps towards/about South Korea. Similar to WWI, the government made enthusiasm for war; for example, one British poster mentioned “daddy...