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  • 10 Survival Tools for Disaster Preparedness
    the region there s nothing to heat your home with At this point this is where a chainsaw comes in handy That spruce tree in your backyard that your wife is so fond about can finally come down and be cut up into firewood Other trees around the neighborhood also make great sources of firewood as well as any stands of trees that may be a few blocks distant Of course unless you have a working fireplace and intact chimney in your home you ll be smart to keep your fire outside Then when it s time to turn in for the night go inside to the relative safety of your home where you can warm up under a few layers of blankets Blankets If this earthquake strikes in the dead of winter and you live in a northern state you may have to deal with below freezing temperatures especially at night You may find something more effective at keeping warm than even a cold weather sleeping bag that is burying yourself under lots of blankets I m not talking about 3 or 4 blankets I m talking about 10 or 12 blankets You can pick up decent heavier weight blankets for cheap at places like the Goodwill or other area thrift stores Then simply store them in boxes having 10 12 for each member of your family As long as you can keep your clothing dry and where you sleep dry with this many layers of blankets you re guaranteed to stay warm in just about any cold temperatures Mini Torch If you do any camping then you re well familiar with the propane camp stoves and also the small propane fuel bottles that come with many brands such as Coleman camping gear One very useful survival tool is a Blazer Self Igniting Butane Micro Torch which connects to the top of a small butane canister This micro torch is going to make starting a fire a piece of cake even in relatively wet conditions Plus you can also improvise and cook with it Tip Set the propane canister down and hang a pot of water over the flame far enough away that the metal doesn t melt but still gets hot enough to bring the water in the pot to a boil With a flame that produces heat approximately 2500 degrees Fahrenheit you can have water boiling within a short amount of time A micro torch is a great way to quickly dry out damp kindling and then get a fire going with small pieces of wood Never use in an enclosed area A micro torch of any kind produces carbon monoxide Be in an area that has adequate ventilation Portable Solar Power Generator Well if you have a few bucks to spend and want to have more to live on in a survival situation such as a catastrophic earthquake or other natural disaster consider a self contained portable solar power generator kit Over 138 reviews to this product s effectivness You can run multiple electronic devices off a solar power generator such as laptops emergency lights small TVs and radios Solar power means when the power runs low you turn off the electronics and let the solar panels re charge it Then it s available for more power again and again Portable means this thing folds up into a self contained unit that can be easily transported Of course in an emergency situation you may want to figure out a means of disguising it so no one attempts to take it from you Shot Gun and Ammunition to Protect Life Whether it s bears cougars or loose dangerous dogs consider having a shot gun and plenty of ammunition to protect yourself against wild animals that may have come down from the hills or simply were freed from fenced enclosures because it just so happens that there s an exotic animal keeper that lives within your community who s pens are now destroyed and animals let loose on the land Sound far fetched This is exactly what happened in Ohio in October 2011 when instead of a disaster striking the owner became suicidal and decided to take his own life but first let his collection of about 50 wild animals loose on the community these animals included full size lions bears panthers and wolves See U S News Dozens of Exotic Animals Set Loose in Ohio as well A shot gun is nice because when shooting simply shot you don t have to have perfect aiming skills just point the gun in the direction of the animal or thug that s attempting to take your life and pull the trigger Though you re on a Christian website and I m a Christian who has given his life to Christ to live by the Word of God I do believe that self defense in a life threatening situation is ok God understands your situation As an example look to the Bible when Jesus tells two of his disciples to carry a sword because as implied by the passage Jesus knew they would be traveling through some dangerous territory The fact that this is in the Bible goes to show that God gives approval to the use of weapons when used in self defense situations though the Bible doesn t approve the use of weapons when we are being beaten for sharing the gospel of Jesus In fact it s just the opposite we are encouraged to endure the beating But who wants to be beaten for sharing the gospel Well that s a good point to make In the end it s a tough teaching to embrace All I know is this The Apostle Paul didn t fight back when struck and he didn t simply put on his running shoes and make a run for it He hoped to set an example of love by letting people beat him who didn t agree with him The Apostle Paul

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  • Survival Tip: Multiple Water Filters for Disaster Evacuation
    for Disaster Evacuation Multiple Water Filters for Disaster Evacuation Any water that doesn t come from a bottle may be contaminated following a disaster and during an emergency or out in the wilderness make you very very sick Problem One water filter for several people may not last very long Solution Multiple Water Filters Surviving in an emergency longer than a few hours will have a lot to do with your ability to acquire safe drinking water This is where a water filter typically used by backcountry hikers can come in handy and be a life saver Water filters are for the sole purpose of water purification A water filter for the backcountry is light weight easily carried in a backpack or in your car and of course in every emergency kit you ll have to add a backcountry water filter most won t have one A good water filter again for the backcountry can typically offer the most use and the longest life Replacement filtration cartridges can help ensure months of safe drinking water Important Survival Tip For multiple people consider multiple water filters as a group of people using one water filter can slow you down on the

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  • Food Preparation and Disaster Planning
    thumb to plan for at least 15 more people than expected but no supply warehouse will be big enough to supply everyone infinitely Location The supply warehouse location should be easy enough for the expected number of recipients to access but should also be somehow concealed or isolated enough that it isn t recognized as a food warehouse before the need arises Weatherproof Warehousing food for population groups can be an expensive endeavor and inventories should be protected from wind rain humidity and temperature extremes Pest Proof Just as weather can destroy vast amounts if not all of the supplies in a warehouse pests such as rodents insects and wild animals can wreak havoc on items in storage Continual monitoring of the warehouse is crucial to identifying such issues before they become problematic Security Food supply warehouses will be among the top targets of hungry masses and make no mistake that should a catastrophe last long enough there will be certain elements that will make every attempt to control the food supply A wooden shed with no protection would certainly not qualify as secure Cement or steel walls with very few access points would be much more in order Such additions as elevated watch towers stations within and outside the structure would be a wise investment Few of us want to consider the dangerous ramifications of defending a food supply but when all else has failed food is the number one target of people in need Power Warehousing fresh fruits vegetables and meat requires a great amount of electricity for refrigeration Because of this it is recommended that fresh food items not be a part of an emergency food distribution program However some amount of lighting may be necessary for security purposes Determine the best possible options available to your site such as solar water wind or fuel generated electricity It is unwise to consider the local power grid as a secure and reliable source of electrical power As crucial as a food warehousing program is these simple steps are but the very basics of protecting a food supply Volumes can and have been written on the topic of storing large quantities of food It would be highly recommended that individuals or organizations desiring to develop such an important program contact local officials or perhaps take a certified course in food warehousing Performing such a task is not as simple as four walls a roof and a stockpile of food Freeze dried food provides greatest ease of storage and longest shelf life On the subject of types of food to store the type that provides the greatest ease of storage and shelf life is freeze dried food There are numerous companies that specialize in producing freeze dried goods Those with the longest shelf life and most impervious to infestation by insects and animals are prepared in 10 cans These cans normally associated with coffee are sealed at the factory and many of them can be stored for up to 25

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  • Planning for a Community Emergency - Water and Sanitation in the Days Following Disaster
    as possible the number of people expected to use such services If your community has large water storage tanks the location of the refuge would benefit greatly from being nearby and at a slightly lower elevation from the tank if possible The lower elevation will benefit from the use of gravity in the likely event that the pumps are no longer operating One important item to remember in such planning is that the water lines that feed fire hydrants while no longer pressurized will have an abundant reserve of available water Each community that is equipped with such a resource should have the wrenches used to open the hydrant valves available Water Storage Strategies Discussions about water should include water storage tanks Water storage strategies should plan for one gallon of water per person per day and need to be held in food grade containers such as plastic tanks barrels and bottles Keep in mind that if your community is proactive in planning for such an incidence water storage should be recycled every six months to ensure that supplies are not contaminated An ample supply of water purification methods is also essential as an abundant supply of non potable water is more dangerous than not having any water at all The human body is easily susceptible to bacteria and other contaminants in unclean drinking water Failure to plan for safe water supplies will only add to the chaos and already hazardous conditions While there are commercially available purification methods if such items are not acquired beforehand and stored properly it will be necessary to purify the water on site using two common methods The better the quality of the water before purification will improve the outcome of whichever method utilized thus if possible filter the water before purification The first and most effective method of water purification is boiling In order to purify water in this way an amount of water needs to be brought to a boil and remain there for at least one minute Allow the water to cool sufficiently before disbursement to refugees Of course this method requires some ability to heat the water so this resource needs to be planned for well ahead of time Propane stoves and metal pots are suitable for individual use but safely boiling large quantities of water will require adequate planning for your community A second method of treating water is to add chlorine bleach While typically effective this method requires special attention to the quantities being treated Too little bleach will not purify the water and too much bleach will add to health problems Liquid household bleaches can be used in this technique but do not use products that contain dyes or fragrances In order to purify the water use one quarter teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water Sanitation Now that your community has identified a suitable location and planned for a supply of drinking water sanitation is the next important contingency to plan for Just as we take

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  • Are You Prepared...for the End of Days? Free Newsletter
    Subscribe Now FREE Free Report Prepping Off the Grid Survival Are You Prepared for A Worst Case Scenario Are More Disasters on the Horizon Is Your Family Prepared for the FIRST MAJOR CRISIS BE READY FOR DISASTER Before it Strikes Learn Techniques and Tactics for Surviving a Catastrophic Disaster Economic Collapse or Just the Next Winter Storm All this and more in our FREE weekly newsletter that we will send to you when you join our list No spam We won t sell your name You can unsubscribe any time Free Report for all new subscribers if you re concerned at all about a post apocalypse scenario we guarantee that you will like our free report in your inbox shortly after subscribing titled 5 New Ways to Survive Disaster This report is all about Surviving a Post Apocalypse Rich in detail we hope you like our free report put together only for newsletter subscribers Email Address Preferred format HTML Text Inside the Secrets of Survival Crisis Newsletter Catastrophic Collapse of Government and How to Survive Martial Law and How to Survive Severe Climate Change and How to Survive Armageddon and The End of Days and How to Survive Growing Food

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  • Communications After an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse): Two Way Radios
    the person in City A and then relay information to the person in City C and vice versa This way the person in City A and the person in City C can be in communication with one another through that person acting as a hub in City B Homemade Antennae for Two Way Radios Each person can take this a step further by installing large antennae disconnected from all wiring and packed in a Faraday Cage to protect from an EMP well before any EMP attack After an EMP attack each person could then retrieve their two way radios and external antennae from their Faraday Cage then wire their two way radios to their external antennae to increase the range of each two way radio See How to Make A Two Way Radio Antenna So goes the theory anyway talk to experts and sellers in the two way radio field today I m just writing an article not a book for the best advice it s very possible that an extensive do it yourself antennae can be built with relative ease If society collapses following an EMP and everything shuts down you re going to have tons of wiring all around you to go to work with It s said an EMP will destroy electrical conductors points at the ends of wires rather than the wires themselves Wires you find should still be good In the weeks and months following an EMP many businesses will probably be closed down and several industrial shops clearly abandoned these could be great destinations to scavenge materials such as wiring just pull wire out of the walls as well as local stores and other commercial buildings The fact is there is a smorgasboard of copper wire of different lengths and thickness as well as aluminum and even steel and also coaxial wire who knows what else you ll be able to come up with in your search for parts you can experiment with For the purposes of an antennae use one kind of wire copper aluminum or steel rather than pairing multiple types together which can interfere in signal transmission As much as possible disguise your antennae usage there may be some unsavory people in your area whom it would be better for you that they didn t know that you have working communications equipment Use plants trees debris even cardboard and garbage to build a screen of sorts blocking your antennae from view When it s time to send and receive calls move any debris that may be blocking a clear signal from the direction you re hoping to send and receive signals if the debris doesn t cause a problem then simply leave it where it is Consider a Directional Antennae for Your Two Way Radio Manufacturers like Motorola sell directional antennae for two way radios Like your homemade antennae explained above a directional antennae will increase transmission range To use a directional antennae simply point it in the direction of the

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  • EMP Rumors of War - How A Successful EMP Attack Could Bring Down America
    dramatic effects after an EMP attack airplanes would be seen falling from the sky leaving untold thousands plunging to their deaths Are airlines updating their critical systems yet to survive if an EMP takes place Even if they do get several planes to stay flying where are those planes going to land and who s going to communicate with ground control when there s no more ground control to communicate with Even though a large number of planes are likely to come down from the sky with nowhere safe to land their deaths could be considered merciful when compared to the fate of those who will still be alive on the ground Food Infrastructure Gone Needless to say without any means of transport thanks to the fried circuitry in all vehicles the food supply will be the first to go And what do crops need in order to grow With all the hydroelectric power gone where is the water which is used for irrigation going to come from Besides that the critical infrastructure for the production delivery and storage depends on a complex web of technology which includes machines for planting harvesting and packaging along with refrigerated vehicles for transporting produce and food items and not to mention the temperature controlled warehouses which are used for storing these food items According to the data regional warehouses which resupply supermarkets make up the National food reserves which is enough food to feed the nation for one to two months maximum These huge warehouses preserve the food by refrigeration and temperature control systems and are equipped with enough emergency electrical power in the form of diesel or gas generators to last just three days In such a scenario our food supply will surely dry up and disappear only exacerbating the situation further Considering the circumstances most of the US population would perish within the first 30 days due to famine Within two or three weeks the military services would most likely come to the rescue of many people But if the attack is severe that period of relief will probably not last very long An even greater problem will be that of food distribution since any kind of centrally directed distribution will not exist no matter how well intentioned it will still be highly inefficient Communications Lost Your cell phones land lines and the internet along with faxes and any other mode of communication would stop working permanently Nearly all of the broadcast stations including television stations would immediately go off air Due to the high level of computerized automation the equipment in most of the television and radio studios would be completely destroyed or damaged beyond repair When America emerges after an EMP attack an NSA police state surveillance grid will be brought into effect for the extreme martial law dictatorship which will follow That s what many are warning anyway According to statement made by Damon Penn who is a DHS official at the US House of Representatives on July 8 2011 there are a limited amount of radio stations that have been retrofitted with some form of EMP protection but most of the US will be left without mass communication He also mentioned that in the event of an EMP attack on the US between 250 000 to 500 000 people who will die during the first few minutes of the EMP attack and the aftermath of the EMP attack would leave around 1 to 2 million dead in the next three days While these numbers are mind boggling they are frighteningly true in the case of a successful large scale EMP attack EMP Effects on the Military When it comes to electricity even the military may not be of much help For instance in the 1962 Soviet high altitude nuclear tests over Kazakhstan even military diesel generators were damaged While you might be able to get emergency information from a local NOAA weather radio station only a few of those emergency transmitters are actually EMP protected And while repairs to many of these transmitters could be made by military personnel who can also supply emergency power to them for a while the truth is that emergency power may not last for very long Hospitals Would Become Death Traps The US would also see devastating conditions in hospitals and convalescent centers within a few days Old age homes would run out of resources and services of qualified staff to help preserve the lives of those who will be virtually helpless after an EMP attack Hospital staff could walk off the job by the sheer scarcity of resources and hopelessness The only medical personnel that would probably stay behind would be those that live not too far away from the hospital or nursing homes In short our worst fears would be realized And What About Our Water Needless to say water is a basic necessity of every nation In fact it s even more crucial than food The infrastructure which is used for the purification and delivery of potable water and even for disposing or treating waste water is a vast network of electric powered machines that use electrical screens pumps filters sprayers and paddles but work by complex computer systems This makes much of the machinery used in the water infrastructure vulnerable to an EMP attack Since the system cannot operate without the vast amounts of electricity supplied by the power grid an EMP event would deprive most of the US population of running water almost immediately And that s not the worst part much of the natural water supply as in streams rivers and lakes would also be polluted by dangerous toxic waste from the backflow of sewage and industrial waste since the wastewater treatment plants will no longer be operational without electricity Making bulk water storage a necessary step for hospitals families and schools EMP Effect on Schools Children One of the most tragic developments which would arise after an EMP attack will be the fate of

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  • North Korea and Red Dawn: How Real is the Threat?
    powerful modern weapons that could defeat the US with a single blow as the isolated state continued to ramp up rhetoric ahead of an expected nuclear test What does America Say Back The U K Guardian reports Dan Pinkston who heads the International Crisis Group s Seoul office I think it is bluster it is kind of absurd The US has robust second strike capabilities if they had a war with the US they would cease to exist That fact second strike capabilities is what continues to keep North Korea from making a move on South Korea as well as attacking America on the homeland and getting vengeance for America s actions and simply presence on the Korean peninsula But what if North Korea could eliminate America s robust second strike capabilities Eliminating America s nuclear defenses and Air Force and Navy across the many regions America is located in is an unlikely scenario but then when we consider that North Korea Russia China and Iran and a few other nations they re each allied with may all be in bed together hashing out plans for an American fall we must conclude that it is a possibility Are we Being Overly Suspicious Actually what I said above is an understatement it s not that North Korea Russia China and Iran may be in bed together they are in bed together If China is breaking UN embargoes to help arm North Korea and if Russia is supplying scientists or has supplied those scientists in the past to help in the development of nuclear technology in both North Korea and Iran and finally if Russia and China continue to oppose U S requests to the UN for sanctions against Iran and North Korea which seems to happen periodically Preparing for War The formula exists for a real life alliance that should have most American s stocking up like National Geographic s Doomsday Preppers perhaps a lot like people in Europe should have stocked up on food and emergency supplies when Nazi Germany became an obvious threat following it s seizure of Austria in the 1930s leading up to World War II Yahoo News reports on 12 3 2012 Countries trying to stop North Korea s arms program believe it is using rocket launches to perfect technology to build a missile arsenal capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the United States North Korea s Special Forces Over 180 000 Soldiers Wikipedia writes North Korea is the most militarized country in the world today 6 having the fourth largest army in the world at about 1 106 000 armed personnel with about 20 of men ages 17 54 in the regular armed forces 7 Military service of up to 10 years is mandatory for most fit people It also has a reserve force comprising 7 700 000 personnel 8 It operates an enormous network of military facilities scattered around the country a large weapons production basis a dense air defense system 8 the third largest chemical weapons stockpile in the world 9 and includes the world s largest Special Forces contingent numbering 180 000 men 10 While the aging equipment 11 deriving from the economic plight of the country is seen as major defect of the North Korean military capability it is nevertheless regarded as a significant threat due to its size and proximity to major civilian areas America has Green Berets Navy Seals Marine Force Recon Army Rangers and Delta Force but North Korea has a lot more Special Forces soldiers as a whole See Countering North Korean Special Purpose Forces With their eyes on South Korea for so long North Korean Special Forces are likely to be trained for large scale invasion I don t think America has trained it s forces to repel something along these lines not outside South Korea or we d have a lot more special forces soldiers in place to protect the homeland America has done a great job building a number of small special forces teams that are highly trained incredibly fit and battle ready who can be dispatched anywhere in the world on short notice but what does that do for protecting the homeland against a military force trained for invasion and seizing control of cities airfields roads soft targets and critical infrastructure Factors Favoring North Korea Nuclear weapons smuggled into America will likely be a factor as well as a high number of precise attacks by highly trained soldiers on critical targets and soft targets If North Korea can threaten to march nukes into South Korea we should assume they have the capability to march nukes into America as well if they re really the world s largest crime family Don t forget all the reports comparing North Korea s government to the mafia smuggling extortion bribery threats of violence these are all hallmarks of organized crime in full swing Look at this quote again by North Korea Hundreds of thousands of troops are poised for a war carrying nuclear war equipment During the Cold War the U S had plans according to a report I read to use small nukes strapped to Green Berets to deter a Soviet invasion of Europe These Green Berets would be parachuted into place and detonate these nukes near key bridges and roads slowing down any invasion attempts by the Soviets Did North Korea let it slip in the quote above that they plan on doing the same with strategic small nukes strapped to NK soldiers Or maybe they meant these are nukes that can be carried in a truck or bus in other words a suitcase nuke such as those made famous in the Cold War days when Russia was rumored to have smuggled suitcase nukes into the U S which were then placed by Soviet agents at various dead drop sites The Most Dangerous Nation in the World If North Korea is truly involved with organized crime which could give them the channels for smuggling weapons and people into other nations such as America they might be the most dangerous nation in the world well there was one other world leader in recent years with even more potential connections to organized crime channels that reach across America that leader was Hugo Chavez Venezuela s former president who by the way was also an outspoken enemy of the U S and a close friend and ally of Iran as well as an ally of North Korea Even with Chavez deceased Venezuela s regime has those North Korea and Iran alliances that open up those smuggling channels for people money and weapons to potentially fund attacks on the U S in the years ahead Unless of course all these threats from North Korea are just bluster and nothing s ever going to come from it Who s willing to gamble that That s not a bet I would want to make When a mad dog regime threatens to annihilate your country with nukes that s a threat that only an idiot regime would ignore Border Wars In US congressional testimony in 2000 Frank J Cilluffo an expert of transnational crime at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington made the interesting observation that unlike Latin America or Europe where organized crime attempts to penetrate the state North Korea is penetrating organized crime That was 12 years ago North Korea has had plenty of time to get on board with organized crime Fears in South Korea One report from a U S Air Force major states North Korea s Special Purpose Forces are poised to infiltrate into South Korea and disrupt the South Koreas rear area operations This force is capable of massing and appearing anywhere if hostilities recommence between the two Koreas With over 104 000 highly trained and fanatical soldiers this light infantry unit possesses the ability to inflict great harm upon ROK and U S forces in South Korea 104 000 special forces soldiers of the 180 000 soldiers reported to be in the North Korean Special Forces are said to be highly trained and fanatical what if North Korea ever dispatched 10 000 20 000 or more highly trained fanatical soldiers to America War Games America can wipe North Korea off the map if it wanted to Which is why for North Korea to have any hope in a battle with America it has to have an extremely well planned and coordinated preemptive first strike think series of first strikes At the same time America s second strike capabilities need to be eliminated just one second strike could be a nuke that levels Pyongyang North Korea s capital Regarding North Korea s large number of special forces what if those forces lent support to other special forces from nations like Russia China and Iran Combined that s a lot of strategic targets across America that could be targeted by highly trained soldiers very capable of carrying out critical assignments including killing key people in government and detonating small nukes near military installations I believe the odds are against America facing a combined force of special forces soldiers with critical assignments North Korea China Russia and Iran could target so many critical targets in America that the only hope we d have would be to launch nukes at every country that was attacking World War III global thermonuclear war Eliminating America s Nuclear Defenses North Korea China Russia and Iran have to shut down our nuclear defenses first That s the only way to reduce the risk of America annihilating world capitals with nukes An EMP or multiple EMPs preceded by a massive cyber attack across critical defense networks and communications satellites perhaps a plan from a Communist playbook would read along these lines and then some of course I don t know how exactly America s enemies might eliminate our nuclear defenses and chief deterrent to invasion they ve had a lot of time and a lot of people with high IQs to figure that one out All I know is what a lot of you already know and what our Pentagon knows America would be in serious hot water should Communist nations their allied friends in South America and Russia attack the West America s Special Forces Let s count the number of soldiers in America s Special Forces Army Rangers One site reports At any given time there are roughly 2 000 2 200 Rangers serving in 3 Ranger Battalions and 75th Ranger Regimental Headquarters Navy Seals Reports say about 2 500 active duty Navy SEALs Army Green Berets The Washington Times reports that Army Green Berets numbers are falling short The Army s Green Berets a key weapon in the war on terror are operating at under their authorized strength because of the high attrition qualification course and because of the lure of higher paying security work at private companies military officials say In this article dated 2005 the Green Berets were said to have 3950 soldiers Army Delta Force Highly trained in counter terrorism if America came under attack I m sure the Pentagon has contingency plans for using this group in Homeland defense but like each of the special forces units above that contain less than 5 000 soldiers each the Army Delta Force only numbers around 1 000 Marines Force Recon I had trouble finding concrete numbers but I did find one person who said that Marine Force Recon numbers between 1200 and 1800 soldiers In all America is said to have 60 000 trained Special Forces soldiers but a lot of them may not be direct action fighters like Army Rangers and Navy Seals instead several thousand may simply be support and back end logistics Considering that several of our special forces are trained for counter terrorism and that we number a lot less than North Korea s special forces North Korea has us outnumbered here And that s just North Korea North Korea Communist Ties Here s an ominous fact about North Korea and its Communist ties to the former Soviet Union The Soviet Union Russia has been a parent or mentor of sorts to North Korea for many decades Their ties are deep Wikipedia writes Just after World War II and during the Soviet Union s occupation of the part of Korea north of the 38th Parallel the Soviet 25th Army headquarters in Pyongyang issued a statement ordering all armed resistance groups in the northern part of the peninsula to disband on October 12 1945 Two thousand Koreans with previous experience in the Soviet army were sent to various locations around the country to organize constabulary forces with permission from Soviet military headquarters and the force was created on October 21 That was the 1940s The North Koreans were deeply involved with the Soviets receiving military training vehicles and weapons Jump ahead to the 1970s Wikipedia writes In the early 1970s following the lead of Soviet military leaders and theorists who were rediscovering and beginning to apply the 1920s 1930s thinking of Soviet military theorists Alexander Svechin Mikhail Tukhachevsky Vladimir Triandafillov and others on operational art and deep operations the Soviet trained officers of the KPA were developing their version termed Two Front War 14 As they envisioned it a very large conventional force greatly reinforced with artillery armor and mechanized forces employing surprise speed and shock would break through the DMZ envelop and destroy South Korean forward forces and rapidly overrun the entire peninsula Even as recently as the 1970s years after the Korean War the Soviet Union was still deeply involved with the development of North Korea s military Both were Communist nations both saw the rise of Western nations as a threat to Communism We can guess that during the Cold War when America s chief rival was the Soviet Union for so many years the U S would have had a weary eye on North Korea at the same time especially since America was responsible for the liberation of South Korea during the Korean War During the opening phases of the war North Korea the KPA or Korean People s Army had captured Seoul But then America killed 70 000 of an initial force numbering over 100 000 KPA By 1953 and the end of the war North Korea had sustained 290 000 casualties and lost 90 000 men as POWs The Korean War was a Proxy War The U S vs Soviet Union and China With the U S supplying forces to the South and the North receiving training weapons and vehicles from the Soviet Union as well as troops from China at one point in the war history records the Korean War as a proxy war both sides were sponsored by external powers these external powers each wanted to see the other take a beating in the war Wikipedia writes The United States of America provided 88 of the 341 000 international soldiers which aided South Korean forces in repelling the invasion with twenty other countries of the United Nations offering assistance Suffering severe casualties within two months the defenders were pushed back to a small area in the south of the Korean Peninsula known as the Pusan perimeter A rapid U N counter offensive then drove the North Koreans past the 38th Parallel and almost to the Yalu River when the People s Republic of China PRC entered the war on the side of North Korea 16 Chinese intervention forced the Southern allied forces to retreat behind the 38th Parallel While not directly committing forces to the conflict the Soviet Union provided material aid to both the North Korean and Chinese armies The fighting ended on 27 July 1953 when the armistice agreement was signed The agreement restored the border between the Koreas near the 38th Parallel and created the Korean Demilitarized Zone DMZ a 2 5 mile 4 0 km wide fortified buffer zone between the two Korean nations Minor incidents continue to the present day With both North Korea and South Korea sponsored by external powers the Korean War was a proxy war America in a Proxy War Against Communist Nations So the Korean War was a proxy war with America going up against Communist nations and giving the Communist nations a beating Readers the fact of the matter is this today North Korea is still a strong friend and ally of Russia and China China Breaking UN Embargo Supplying Weapons Parts and Technology To North Korea See Chinese firms breaking UN embargo on North Korea Chinese firms are breaking a United Nations embargo by supplying North Korea with key components for ballistic missiles including launch vehicles according to evidence provided by an intelligence agency in the region From a military perspective there is a lot to be concerned about from these relationships Communist regimes have a history of stamping out opposition they are cruel from our standpoint If it wasn t for America s intervention so many times in recent years voices from the West speaking out against the ways Communist governments have treated their own people at times and currently in North Korea there would likely be a lot more cruelty in Communist nation s today As it is North Korea is a dangerous place to live for anyone who doesn t share and embrace their Communist leaders and laws America is Not the Largest Army in the World If North Korea is the fourth largest army in the world and China is the second largest army in the world by dollars spent that is though they do have the world s largest standing army at over 3 000 000 members and Russia is also one of the world s largest militaries Combined these nations make up the largest army in the world North Korea alone has more special forces troops than America That s just in North Korea Then we ve got Russia s special forces Spetznaz for example feared and

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