Monday, September 27, 2010
Dictatorships are easy by comparison to democracies. There is one public to satisfy -- the military. The strongman who keeps the generals happy maintains control. At least that is the way it appears to be happening in North Korea. On the other hand, the day that generals decide upon a coup, a dictator can fall quickly. It is not too hard to guess that the senior brass of the North Korean military are well cared for with goods and services that are denied to the rest of the populace. One wonders what will happen to the country when it inevitably fails and falls, when the wealth runs out for the few on top and they become unsettled. North Korea appears to be in much worse condition than East Germany before reunification. It would be a massive job for South Korea to absorb the country and to educate its people into the responsibilities of democracy.