On the heels of yesterday’s post on the strangeness of the Cold War, here’s an image from today’s Foreign Policy website that is replete with weirdness and scariness.
This image, from a July 2013 parade, shows North Korean special forces troops wearing chest packs with garish radiation symbols. This may just be Nork posturing - the packs could just be dummies stuffed with old newspaper, as one commentator has suggested. Or they may be man-carried dirty bombs, a resurfacing of old Cold War research on radiological warfare. If I was one of these guys, and I was actually wearing a dirty bomb on my chest, I’m not sure I’d be grinning and waving inanely.