« on: June 08, 2004, 12:12:03 AM »
In realist terms, yes, it would be idiotic for South Korea to trust their self-defense to the United States entirely. However, arguably, NK does not give a *&^% about the South Korean military, it is the US that has provided the effective deterrence for all these years.
I would think if South Korea maintained no military, NK would have tried an invasion before, in the hopes that the US would not intervene
they tried before, it didn't work out [the chinese "volunteers" saved their commie ass]
I actually did a research paper on the PRC's decision to enter into the Korean war... Mao was the only one among his group of advisors who didn't think the US would nuke China for entering. Almost everyone was opposed to the idea, and Mao himself changed his decision at several points in time. However, to the surprise of even some of Mao's closest advisors, he decided to invade. It's funny thinking how history would have been different if Mao heeded "good counsel"...