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[–] pm-me-your-pm 3 points 13 points (+16|-3) ago 

It's funny to me how the USA is all about ending oppression when there's no world power backing the dictator, but the minute shit gets real, we lose our spine. NK is a place where we should absolutely be kicking down palace doors and hanging dictators by the neck until dead, but it'll never happen.

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[–] WeekendBaker 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

We tried, China and Russia intervened.

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[–] pm-me-your-pm 1 points 12 points (+13|-1) ago 

I know, it's a shame. I long for the America that stood for something real, not these wars of attrition in the Middle East. My grandfather put on the uniform and fought Nazis because he was an American Jew and wanted to do what was right. I just wish that if we have to be involved in a war right now, it would be one that my grandchildren would be proud we fought.

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[–] ReverseEntropy 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

It doesn't help that NK has one of the biggest military's in the world. They might not be the most advanced or equipped, but because of the nature of military service in their country, and the shear number of people, it would be insanely expensive to actually get into a war with them. That, and as you stated, we would face serious opposition from China and surrounding territories if we tried. Also it is doubtful that this guy is actually doing this to feed his family, grass is not nutritious enough for that and it actually has toxic qualities if eaten in quantities that would feed someone.

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[–] Chance 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

As /u/WeekendBaker pointed out, tensions with Russia and China have complicated the issue, although at this point I don't really think that's what's stopping us. I really don't think the war would be the issue at all. China is technically an ally to NK, but any time an issue arises China always seems to make sure they maintain at least some distance from NK. While I don't necessarily think China would declare war on the US if we were to intervene in NK, it probably would (at least for some time) fuck with our trade relations.

Anyway, the biggest issue with what's happening in NK isn't just the dictator regime, but the deep seated effects that have resulted due to brainwashing that has been going on for generations coupled with a very heavy meth problem. Most people in NK are completely ignorant of other countries, especially western ones, and only know what they are fed through propaganda. Couple this with the fact that meth is basically offered and traded around over there like a cup of coffee and you have a bunch of insane, drug fiending, brainwashed people that you would have to sort out and try to rehabilitate after overthrowing the dictatorship.

Basically, NK has just dug itself way too far into the shit seat and at this point it would take so much time, money, and active intervention to resolve things that no one really knows how to deal with it, if even possible.

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[–] CarlTheMagician 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I had no idea NK had a meth problem. Most communist dictatorships I've been familiar with in the past take a very dim view to mind altering substances.

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[–] Keeok 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We don't have a good enough reason. Wait till NK finds oil or something we need.

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[–] ArchmageMordenkainen 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The reason we don't kick Best Korea's ass is because Seoul is so close to the border. NK has their artillery trained on the city pretty much 24/7, which they'll start firing as soon as they detect our missiles/bombers/etc. So any victory against NK is going to be pyrrhic.

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[–] Atko 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

I survived a 4 year war and there was severe lack of food. We were all malnourished and looked like skeletons.... Nonetheless, we never ate grass. We ate fruit and local veggies... there were days with no food at all, but grass was never considered. We ate leaves from certain kind of wood, but more as a snack. I hope that this photo is not showing what is actually going on, but we can never know. Also, I should continue writing my book. I wish I had more time...

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[–] 9-11 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I survived a 4 year war and there was severe lack of food. We were all malnourished and looked like skeletons.... Nonetheless, we never ate grass. We ate fruit and local veggies... there were days with no food at all, but grass was never considered. We ate leaves from certain kind of wood, but more as a snack. I hope that this photo is not showing what is actually going on, but we can never know. Also, I should continue writing my book. I wish I had more time...

Trnopolje, Keraterm or Omarska camp? you should do an AMA on this.

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[–] itsmemom97 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I would be interested to know which war it is that you mention.

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[–] frankenham 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

Sure why not. If the title says so then it must be true.

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[–] Climhazzard 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Is there a source for OP's claim about the contents of the picture?

The guy's clothes -- while old -- are clean. He has shoes, socks, a watch, and combed hair. Even the sack, which is holding the grass, looks clean.

I highly doubt he is collecting grass to feed his family -- unless you count his goat as his family.

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[–] RedditDead2005-2015 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It's gonna get worse for the N Koreans. I heard China was finally going to impose sanctions against them. Kim doesn't care whom he offends.

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[–] nm96 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm sure that the second NK nukes anyone, NK will be invaded, either by the US and others with China's blessing, or by China itself. China-NK relations have dwindled since Kim Jong-il's death. A nuke would be the anvil that breaks the camel's back.

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[–] 4014431? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It is because of his privilege. Get it right, shitlord.

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[–] bunsenhoneydew 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Glorious Leader allows him to harvest a field full of deliciously healthy food for his family. Praise Glorious Leader!

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[–] BistroPalin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is a common sight in North Korea. The official story is that these people are gardeners tending the lawn by hand rather than using mowers or such.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/north-korea-grass-pickers_n_3668645.html

Here is a film by someone who says they are picking the grass to eat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOj4yOQ25Uw

Here are first person accounts by people who escaped saying that they did eat grass, however it was in the context of being in a prison and forced to work in fields and they were starving and would get certain edible grass while working as slaves, and when the guards found them doing this they forced them to eat regular inedible grass, roots and dirt until they died.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/16/world/asia/north-korea-un-report/

Amnesty notes that people are foraging wild foods and ascribes it to starvation methods. It may be that they are starving or not since foraging wild foods is a common practice worldwide by many people and the foraged foods are often of cultural importance.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2010/07/starving-north-koreans-forced-survive-diet-grass-and-tree-bark/

Overall it seems that many North Koreans forage wild foods, including certain kinds of grass, due to both food shortages and other reasons such as culture. However, it seems the particular people seen with scissors in the capital cutting grass on the public lawns are actually gardeners.

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