When Jocko Willink, a former US Navy SEAL, author, and occasional Business Insider contributor, was asked on Twitter how he would handle the North Korean crisis, he gave an unexpected answer that just might work, according to an expert. Willink’s proposal didn’t involve any covert special operation strikes, or military moves of any kind. Instead of a bombs, Willink suggested the US drop iPhones. “Drop 25 million iPhones on them and put satellites over them with free wifi,” tweeted Willink.
Below is the photo of Jocko Willink, a former US Navy Seal.
While the proposal itself is fantastical and a bit far fetched, Yun Sun, an expert on North Korea at the Stimson Center says the core concept could work. “Kim Jong Un understands that as soon as society is open and North Korean people realize what they’re missing, Kim’s regime is unsustainable, and it’s going to be overthrown,” Sun told Business Insider.
For this reason, North Korea’s government would strongly oppose any measures that mirror Willink’s suggestion. Sun pointed out that in the past when South Korea has flown balloons that drop pamphlets and DVDs over North Korea, the Kim regime has responded militarily, sensing the frailty of its regime when compared to prosperous liberal democracies.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is in the middle of the photo below.
For this reason, North Korea would turn down even the unbelievably generous offer of 25 million free iPhones, one for every man, woman, and child in the country. But, “if we do that, we would be criticized for rewarding a illegitimately nuclear dictatorship,” said Sun. “We would be working and cooperating with a government that we know has committed massive human rights against its people.” Further more, as North Korea puts the Kim regime above all else, any investment or aide “will be exploited first and foremost by the government,” said Yun. “We will have to swallow the consequence that of $100 investment, maybe $10 would reach the people.” North Korea harshly punishes ordinary citizens who are found to enjoy South Korean media, so there’s good reason to think that providing internet access or devices to North Koreans could get people killed.
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An expert at the Stimson Center on North Koreea, says the core concept could work. But… For this reason, North Korea’s government would strongly oppose any measures that mirror Willink’s suggestion. For this reason, North Korea would turn down even free iPhones for its entire population, thought to be about 25.2 million.
In the video below, A former us navy seal tweeted his solution to the north korean crisis
Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL, is suggesting we drop 25 million free iPhones into North Korea and put satellites overhead and provide free connectivity. There are some technical issues but there are practical workarounds, like range. New technology, new range boosters, etc. are available. For this reason, North Korea’s government would strongly oppose any measures that mirror Willink’s suggestion.