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September 12, 2004

The North Korean Bomb

Q: If the DPRK did successfully explode a nuclear device on Thursday, why did we not hear about it until today?

Answer 1: It didn't happen.
Arrogant Analysis 1: Stupid fascists just blew up their own plant trying to stage a bogus test and make everyone fear them. Another escalation of rhetoric will ensue. The North Koreans are all hostages.

Answer 2: That's just how long it takes newspapers to find out because North Korea is so isolated.
Arrogant Analysis 2: Which only proves that the North Koreans are a threat to nobody but themselves. If they dared make a move against anyone, they would be crushed. Blowing up a remote part of their own country is all they can do. The North Koreans are all hostages.

Answer 3: That's just how long it takes newspapers to find out when the US Government wants the news suppressed.
Arrogant Analysis 3: Worry.

Posted by mbowen at September 12, 2004 08:44 AM

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I'm guessing it wasn't a nuke. A crater and a mushroom cloud only mean a huge explosion of some kind with lots of particulates. A cloud of radioactive particles drifting over Beijing would tell a different story.

Answer 2 could also be applicable, except that I think we have satellite surveillance of all those areas of interest, except that we didn't know about Chernobyl (for sure) until the radioactive cloud turned up.

Posted by: Laura at September 12, 2004 10:57 AM

Possible #4: China blew up an enrichment facility (there may have been one there).

Possible #5: There's a war on we don't know about (it was on the China border, near a railyard--probably ammo dumps in that town).

Possible #6: Bad ammo handling.

I sure would like more info...

Posted by: Chap at September 12, 2004 12:47 PM

Pardon me, but what?

Did something happen that I'm totally unaware of happening?

Posted by: DarkStar at September 12, 2004 02:11 PM

Never mind.

Both number 3's are correct.

Unless you have people near-by with ham radios and functioning net connections, it's up to the government to let people know something happened.

Posted by: DarkStar at September 12, 2004 02:44 PM

I'd believe it a lot better if #3 said the DPRK government. Occam's shaving with that razor but he'll let ya use it.

Posted by: Chap at September 13, 2004 09:04 AM