February 13th, 2017. A Monday. Most people hate Mondays, but a man by the name of Kim Jong Nam would hate this Monday more than all others he had ever experienced in his lifetime. And then never hate a Monday ever again. Well, what could have caused this change in his behavior? Well, it’s simple really. He was alive, and then he was dead. Assassinated. Assassinated by an order his own brother issued who was looking to eliminate all potential danger to his rule.
Kim Jong Nam’s killer was none other than Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Kim Jong Un has habits of killing off his family members to prevent any possible political turmoil within the country. But soon it might not be a family member who is neutralized, but he himself. According to USA Today, South Korea had publicly announced in October of 2017 that they would form a “decapitation squad” to neutralize Kim Jong Un under the instruction of the Navy SEALs who helped neutralize and kill Osama Bin Laden. Other sources say that China and the United States are undergoing talks of neutralizing Kim Jong Un through the Chinese border with North Korea. The outcome of either of these operations will inevitably end in the successful or unsuccessful neutralization of Kim Jong Un, so what the most debated upon topic on North Korea post-neutralization is “Who is going to lead North Korea afterwards? What is the best decision?” Before we can see who would make the best replacement ruler for North Korea, we must first understand its policies. For one, North Korea is Communist.
All the leaders that will be mentioned will most likely get rid of the communist government of North Korea, and replace it with something like Capitalism or Socialism. Secondly, North Korea has mandatory military service for all male citizens. This can prove to be an issue in neutralizing the Kim regime. Also, nearly all North Korean citizens have been brainwashed by propaganda into thinking that it’s the entire world versus them, and that Kim Jong Un is their only wall of defense against outside hostilities. Other than that, not much else is known about North Korea aside from them having an economy completely dependant on China.
China is also a wall preventing us from performing neutralization of North Korea. Without China’s agreement in the act, it will be like a declaration of war against China, seeing as how China and North Korea are allies. Say that China does agree to the Neutralization of North Korea and the obtainment of the former North Korea by another country, ruler, or China itself, what would our options for new control be, and who would be best for the job? Our first, most realistic option for control of Post-Kim Dynasty North Korea is none other than South Korea. They always wanted the upper half, and now would be their chance to get it. This would change their name from South Korea to just Korea, or something along the lines of that. Now, compared to North Korea, South Korea is a Democratic, Capitalist country, just like the United States. They have a constitution with similar laws to ours, and have quite fair treatment of its people. South Korea also has mandatory military service, but has a very good self-dependant economy.
A good example of their economic success would be the electronics giant Samsung. They make Samsung phones, tablets, TV’s, Blu-Ray players, monitors, refrigerators, washing machines and more. People would be surprised if you didn’t have a single piece of Samsung technology in your house. With South Korea’s current economy and expansion rate, the former North Korea will be just as economically stable and technologically advanced as the South. This would cause the least political unrest, but it will take a long time for North Koreans to adjust to this new way of life. Our second option, would be like a storybook ending. After the neutralization of Kim Jong Un, his nephew, Kim Hansol will come into power by blood. Kim Hansol had been living in China to escape the threat of potential murder by his uncle, and after seeing what his uncle did to his father, he went and he announced his presence to South Korean officials.
We don’t know what his policies will be, if he is to come into power. However, we can still predict what kind of rule he will enforce and what decisions he will make about the country. We can assume he will get rid of communism, seeing as how he has lived in China for nearly all his life, and because of the distaste shown by him to his uncle, Kim Jong Un. He has said in some of his posts on social media that he feels guilty about having enough to eat while the people in North Korea have nothing. He also feels that reunification of North and South Korea is necessary for the survival of the people of the North. He has also said that he “knows things will get better”. From this, we can somewhat grasp what kind of leader he may be, if the aforementioned situation of Kim Jong Un being neutralized becomes a reality. Our third and final option for control of the former Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, would be China.
This, would literally translate to a nightmare in the eyes of many, but maybe not to the people of North Korea, who have been supported by China for so many years. If China does do this, though unlikely, it will cause an uproar in South Korea, for their claims of North Korean land and the reunification of the Korean peninsula, and also to all of South Korea’s allies. But let’s get down to the point and see what life would be like in the newly added land of China. China itself is still technically communist, but with a couple of twists, like a capitalist economy. Most of the new Chinese-Koreans will experience a free market and available items for them to sustain themselves with and to work for wages.
In North Korea, this did exist, but it was very rare and mostly centered in the capital city of Pyongyang.This may seem pretty goody-two-shoes, but it might cause more issues than it will solve. Of course, there is always the chance that North Korea will industrialize itself and become more like China with a capitalist economy and a communist government, right? Well, not exactly. According to Business Insider, although Kim Jong Un has realized that state-provided materials isn’t enough, North Korea isn’t cranking out enough companies with wages and free market stores. Many people are still starving and don’t have basic needs for a decent way of survival. North Korea will probably collapse before they can restructure themselves anyway. Not because of just North Korea, but also because of the sanctions that we keep pressing against them. We have not allowed North Korea to export textiles, which is a good third of their economy right there.
There are workers who could currently be getting paid actual wages and having a decent life with their family, and we’re hampering it. North Korea is getting more and more modern as we speak. They have shopping malls, cell phones, and wages. All good signs. We’re hampering them, but not as much as you think.
The money from those wages would actually go to the government instead of the people with Kim Jong Un being the current leader. The government then uses that money to make weapons. North Korea’s constant threats of nuclear war are trashing its economy even worse than our sanctions against them. Why should we care, though? Over 1,000 people per year defect from the North to other countries like China and South Korea because of the horrible conditions of the country. The people who make it across the DMZ are the lucky ones. The ones who make the country like this are the leaders.
The tyrants who keep the power all to themselves like Kim Jong Un don’t care about the people. This isn’t just about potentially avoiding a nuclear war, this is about helping the people who are sick from starvation and have worms in their guts because of their malnutrition. By having a change in leadership, hopefully the people of North Korea will be treated better than they were before. Now, in my opinion, the best leader for the neutralized North Korea would probably be Kim Hansol. He wants to reunify the Korean peninsula, and wants to make the people of North Korea’s lives indefinitely better. Also, North Korea needs someone to restructure the country a bit more before peninsula reunification, and I think Kim Hansol is a perfect candidate for the job.
He is of Kim blood, so maybe the people will listen to him as they listened to Kim Jong Un. He will hopefully modernize the rest of North Korea by providing wages and jobs, as well as decreasing military spending and investing it for other more important reasons, such as pensions or construction of new modern facilities. If he can do this to a lost North Korea, then he will surely be remembered in history for ages to come. In two weeks, a revolutionary event will happen. North Korea and South Korea will be marching under one flag for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
This might have seemed like a dream maybe a year or so ago, but its reality now. Maybe, one day, after Kim Hansol comes along and picks North Korea up from its knees, then maybe we’ll see the two Koreas under one flag permanently. Free of sickness, poverty, nuclear threats and power hungry tyrants. The world would be a much better place, now wouldn’t it? Works CitedCooper, Helene, et al. “Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea.
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