(TruNews) Airdrops filled with propaganda are frequently employed by South Korean groups eager to encourage their northern neighbors to rebel against dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime.
But a former U.S. Navy SEAL commander’s suggestion for a new kind of airdrop has suddenly gone viral, and is picking up a lot of interest—mainly because it could actually be effective, if the military could pull it off. Asked last week for his thoughts on the current stand off on North Korea, Jocko Willink tweeted:
Drop 25 million iPhones on them and put satellites over them with free wifi. https://t.co/kDmgrXulwH— Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) September 7, 2017
Willink’s idea also caught the attention of Business Insider, which wrote:
While the proposal itself is fantastical and far-fetched, Yun Sun, an expert on North Korea at the Stimson Center, says the core concept could work.
"Kim Jong Un understands that as soon as society is open and North Korean people realize what they're missing, Kim's regime is unsustainable, and it's going to be overthrown," Sun told Business Insider.
For this reason, North Korea's government would strongly oppose any measures that mirror Willink's suggestion.
Sun pointed out that when South Korea had previously flown balloons that dropped pamphlets and DVDs over North Korea, the Kim regime had responded militarily, sensing the frailty of its government relative to those of prosperous liberal democracies.
However, the article also notes that North Korea harshly punishes ordinary citizens found in possession of South Korean media, meaning Willink’s idea could also get many people killed.