first published on September 12, 2018 by Will
If Kim Jung Un ever declared war against bricks and flaming hoops, the North Korean special forces would be absolutely unstoppable.
Some quick stats from a Task and Purpose analysis suggest that North Korea has the fourth-largest military in the world without even ranking in the top 50 for population size. They have a 1.2 million person military (The U.S. military has ~1.3 million active troops). Some estimates put the size of their special operations forces at around 180,000 troops.
However, most of that military is comprised of starving bodies outfitted with Cold War era weaponry and equipment. Conventionally, North Korea’s massive military would be rapidly decimated by the West’s technology advanced arsenal.
North Korea does retain two aces up its sleeve. First off, its true power rests with its nukes. Nuclear weaponry is honestly the only thing North Korea has going for them. They’d be stupid to give them up, and the current talks about disarmament are probably their age-old tactic of trying to get international aide in exchange for playing nice.
The other ace North Korea holds that terrifies the West, is the probability of a reunified Korean peninsula. True peace in Korea would end the reason for US force projection in the region, and that massive force we maintain on that side of the globe is helping to keep our competitor China in check.