We’re Intimidating – Really!

By: Natalie Nygaard

North Korea has threatened nuclear war. Their leader Kim Jong-Un has made his anti-American, anti-South Korean views incredibly clear. This is far from the first threat North Korea has issued. In 2006, 2009, and February of this year, the country has conducted underground nuclear tests according to the New York Times. And what is the American way to respond to such threats?

In the past, propaganda posters played a large role in upping support for a war, for empowering American ideals, for generally preparing the nation to fight to victory.

In response to North Korea’s latest threats, however, the propaganda has taken a different turn. Namely, toward the internet.

Photo Courtesy of MemeCenter
Photo Courtesy of MemeCenter
Photo Courtesy of Google Images
Photo Courtesy of Google Images
Photo Courtesy of Google Images
Photo Courtesy of Google Images

The American people are not taking North Korea’s threats seriously. And, honestly, North Korea is making this incredibly easy to do. Take, for instance, these real photos sent to America as “threats”.

This menacing picture of a hovercraft army doing drills? Photoshopped. Proven to be Photoshopped.

Photo Courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald
Photo Courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald

This severe looking meeting between North Korean officials with a strike plan of the US behind them? The targets are Hawaii, Los Angeles, D.C., and Austin, Texas. Really? Austin? But even if the threats are real, many experts question the ability of North Korean missiles to even hit the United States, reports the The Telegraph.

Photo Courtesy of The Telegraph
Photo Courtesy of The Telegraph

And the crème-de-la-crème. This intimidating picture of North Korean officials standing around a…is that really a computer? Seriously? How could they even think this was remotely intimidating? Did they get a high score in Galaga and now believe they have mastered the art of mid-air combat?

Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post
Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post

Bored teenagers are not the only ones not taking North Korea seriously. In 2009, the Obama administration adopted a policy of “strategic patience”, according to the Times, where unless North Korea starts behaving better, they won’t get any dinner I mean negotiations and aid.

And is this cause for concern? Is the American reaction to these threats a last-ditch effort to maintain normalcy? Will we be caught off guard by a North Korean attack? This author thinks not. North Korea just got a new, young leader who is eager to prove just how tough he is. But really, Kim Jong-Un, if you want to intimidate the United States, you really shouldn’t do it with Photoshop. Especially if you’re threatening nuclear war and your missiles can’t even reach the US while, for a drill, CNN states that two American B-2 bombers casually flew from Missouri across the entire Pacific Ocean to drop inert munitions on South Korea and back to the mainland.

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