For Decades, the secretive state of North Korea has imposed various propaganda tactics to control its 25 million citizens. Devotion to the state is manufactured through lies and manipulation. For example, romance is depicted in stories as being rooted in model citizenship–beauty is unattractive until a man learns the woman volunteered to work at a potato farm. I can’t speak for you, but potato farm chicks make my pants tighter.
In the 90s, the North Korean Famine killed hundreds of thousands of citizens after economic mismanagement and the loss of Soviet imports caused food production to decline. Former Supreme Leader Kim Jung-il and his government minions spread the lie that the famine was attributed to bad weather and failure to implement Kim’s teachings. But, the regime stressed, the situation was far better than what was going on outside the North Korean borders. This was directly after the regime urged its citizens to eat sawdust for nutrition. That is not a joke.
Propaganda and mind control is North Korea’s strongest weapon. Well, second to ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. So, in the midst of a North Korea conducting a series of missile and nuclear tests, one former US Navy SEAL gave his opinion on the best tactic to handle the crisis.
And while Willink’s proposal may seem far fetched, Yun Sun, an expert on North Korea at the Stimson Center, says the core concept could be effective.
“Kim Jong Un understands that as soon as society is open and North Korean people realize what they’re missing, Kim’s regime is unsustainable, and it’s going to be overthrown,” Sun told Business Insider.
A similar tactic was used by South Korea post-Korean War, when the neighboring nation flew balloons that dropped pamphlets and DVDs over North Korea. The Kim regime responded with military force.
Willink’s proposition was probably intended to be theoretical, but the thought of 25 million North Koreans logging on to the internet and finding out their leader’s a sociopath and Harambe was mercilessly killed would cause a citizen uprising.
[h/t Business Insider]