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Korea Del Norte - China's Very Own Version of IsraelTim King Salem-News.com
U.S. and China maintain an all-costs committment to back problem states...
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - When viewing North Korea as China's Israel, we encounter many similarities and one profound difference. As an isolationist state, North Korea flaunts its nuclear arms. Israel, which has maintained hundreds of nuclear weapons for decades, does it all illegally.
Blatant grandstanding over nukes is viewed as a sin for North Korea, but the secrecy of Israel's program fails to raise a voice from significant Americans, except of course former President James Carter, who outed the program inside the Dimona nuclear facility.
Either way you stack it, the U.S. and China are all about hypocrisy to the eleventh degree, possibly in the eleventh hour as well. Both Israel and North Korea are fanatical empires; one built on nationalistic compulsion and man-idol worship, one is based on religious and racist aspirations. Both have a bedrock of tragedy.
Though it has expressed criticism of North Korea's nuclear program, China will likely be drug into any war the North Koreans start. The U.S. in all of its promises, willed its military forces with professed commitments toward defending South Korea and Israel. It sure doesn't leave the option on the table of letting the other countries slug it out themselves.
The bottom line is that based on the record and undeniable trends, the United States will participate in any war it can possibly involve itself in, and obviously, as history in recent years shows us, the U.S. has an apparent mission to undermine the rest of the world almost completely to its benefit, unless it is a close ally, and even then...
Extensive information on the North Korean Air Force is published online, however almost everything is outdated, and it is hard to believe the published figures without wanting to ask so many questions that simply can't be answered at this time. I don't think the people who track this information down, or take it at face value from North Koreans, have been able to gather a complete picture.
One online entry places the total amount of North Korean aircraft by type is as follows:
In contrast, the United States Air Force operates 5,484 aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 satellites, which make it the largest air force in the world. Of course the military's four branches and also the Coast Guard, all operate different types of aircraft.
With the U.S. Air Force alone having more than four times the number of aircraft that the North Koreans possess, the odds for a military conflict if it were to happen,seem dismal for the latter. However, according to an article published in November 1998 by the American Federation of Scientists, Korea Del Norte could strike a devastating blow to its primary enemy.
The MiG-21 is the AK47 of airplanes. This is the most produced supersonic jet fighter in the world.
They were manufactured for years in Russia and China made them as well. MiG 21's were assembled in other parts of the former Soviet Union and supplied the air forces of more than 50 different countries.
This is a robust fighter that shares many similarities with the U.S. McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom, which was also widely manufactured and used from its inception in the late 1950's, until the last few years.
The MiG 21, which is designated the 'Fishbed' by NATO, is known in Russia as a Balalaika due to its similarity to the popular stringed instrument. I have photographed examples of this airplane in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as here in the United States.
I recall when they were widely available to purchase - entire eastern bloc squadrons of MiG 21's went onto the market, spare parts and all. They never cost that much to make, and yet were competitive with western planes. I just looked at Aircraft Shopper online and one is in San Diego for sale right now for $95,000 in flying condition. Yet we taxpayers coughed up $30 to $40 million in the old days for F-15's and F-14's, and far far more today for F-22's.
ABC News reported in June 2012:
It looks like all of the money in the world can't buy success. Americans have killing ability like few other countries as we have shown the world time and time again, but Eastern planes have often been more maneuverable and function as better dogfighters than those made in the U.S.
Regarding airports in North Korea, the Library of Congress writes:
Many North Korean airfields are dirt, which sounds crude and unusable and would be for American jet fighters. But Soviet military aircraft are built to operate from dirt runways, and they are also constructed to withstand extremely low temperatures. The dirt runway is no enemy to the Russian MiG and SU aircraft. That said, many airfields in this country are paved. As Global Security noted in August 2010, North Korea's Sunchon Airfield, shown in the main photo above, is meager but capable:
While MiG 15 and MiG 17 jets date back to the Korean and Vietnam wars respectively, the MiG 29 is an extremely advanced jet that in the right hands, would potentially be a formidable enemy aircraft for any western pilots to face. The famous MiG 25 is the fastest fighter jet ever produced on the face of the earth. When pushed to the maximum limits, the plane can outrun absolutely anything that it would engage in combat.
American pilots would probably make short order of North Korean pilots if it really came down, and I am not even referencing the South Korean air forces, which reportedly numbers a total of about 500 combat aircraft, mostly supplied by the Americans, as well as a few Russian, European, and aircraft manufactured in South Korea.
But China is another story altogether and if the U.S. insists on fighting North Korea on behalf of South Korea, it seems virtually impossible that China would not back North Korea as it did in the war fought more than sixty years ago, that technically never ended.
I learned some interesting facts about Eastern Bloc pilots over the course of my reporting career, covering the military. There are vast differences between Western practices, and the methods employed by the Soviet Union in air combat. Eastern pilots for the most part, could only engage in a fight when a forward air controller was present. Pilots from countries like the U.S. and U.K. on the other hand, are trained to fight on their own when necessary. The Russians have learned from these mistakes and they have changed their approach. Whether the North Koreans are progressive in this area is unknown, and unlikely.
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