What everyone needs to recognize is that Kim Jong Il and his young heir apparent Kim Jong-un don't take a dump without the permission of Beijing and Moscow.
Today, China supplies about 90% of North Korea's oil, 80% of its consumer goods and 45% of its food. Beijing is Pyongyang's only formal military ally and its primary backer in the United Nations Security Council and other diplomatic forums. If it weren't for the Chinese, there would be no North Korean missile program, no North Korean nuclear program and no North Korea. (Forbes)
That Western analysts try and ascertain the thinking of Pyongyang without reference to the larger strategic machinations of the "Old Enemy" is foolhardy and incompetent, to say the least. The term "Western intelligence" truly is an oxymoron IMHO:
"U.S. policy for dealing with the North Korean situation is inadequate because it focuses on North Korea in isolation as a rogue state, and naively seeks help from the Russians and Chinese to solve the problem. The North Korea situation and any future nuclear incident, wherever it occurs, must be seen against the background of Sino-Soviet 'convergence' strategy: the interaction of Russian and Chinese policy and the moves they make to derive strategic gains from critical situations should be closely studied."
- Anatoliy Golitsyn, the highest ranking KGB defector to the West, The Perestroika Deception, 1990, p.46
Note how China is playing hardball with Obama in condemning North Korea in its brazen artillery attack on civilian targets on Yeonpyeong and is strangely unwilling to cooperate in reigning in the seeming rogue dictatorial regime in Pyongyang:
Give me a break!
Here's the bottom line, folks. The ruling regimes in Russia and China, regardless of their misleading diplomatic pleasantries, hate us. They want America wiped off the face of the earth and have conspired to do so and thereby assume world control:
As part of an overall strategic imperative, China spent the last few decades befriending and trading with the West in order to acquire our technology and the means of production using mercantalist trade policies and their own slave labor supply. American and Western capitalists, stupid, self-serving and profiteering, were happy to cooperate in this ultimately suicidal endeavor. Thus, now global production is based in the land of our enemy and America mainly produces IOUs.
North Korea is a chess piece in the global game of Realpolitik that has been left ready to move at the opportune time to create a split between East and West, totalitarian "Communism" and libertarian "Capitalism", when the strategists in Moscow and Beijing see fit. In one quick maneuver the U.S. will find itself on the losing end of this game, i.e., we are set for checkmate when the Old Enemy so chooses now, and a primary target will be the Seoul of mankind.
Thus, IMHO, North Korea is lobbing artillery shells on a South Korean island and sinking ROK warships as part of a larger plan of the ultimate endgame for America and the Western powers.
Contrary to what everyone wants to believe, you all have been busy entertaining yourselves to death and cooperating in your own destruction for the last 20 years:
"War to the hilt between Communism and Capitalism is inevitable. Today, of course, we are not strong enough to attack. Our time will come in 20 or 30 years. To win, we shall need the element of surprise, the bourgeoisie will have to be put to sleep. So we shall begin by launching the most spectacular peace movement on record. There will be electrifying overtures and unheard-of concessions. The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will rejoice to cooperate in their own destruction. They will leap at another chance to be friends. As soon as their guard is down, we shall smash them with our clenched fist..." - Dmitri Z. Manuilsky, Moscow's Lenin School of Political Warfare
Historical reality is now about to hit home in a catastrophic way as the underlying delusional insanity of American and Western selfishness comes home to roost. There is Evil and we have been misled by temptation and servitude to $$$ into our own demise. If this truth offends your self-important foolishness, then good! Stop cooperating in your own destruction and being an unwitting accomplice in, or at least neglectful bystander to, the murder of America and violent subjugation of the free world!