North Korea Leadership Watch wrote a post (with several screengrabs) on how North Korean state media covered Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt's visit to the country. Members of delegations toured the Korea Computer Center in Pyongyang and learned about North Korea’s internet technology.
Hiding from the world is proof enough that the North Korean and Iranian regimes cannot withstand scrutiny even from their own people — less they find out that the regimes have completely stifled economic development.
Yet North Korea and Iran could just as easily have excelled economically as well as technologically — for the greater good of their citizens.
As things stand now, Iran has abandoned all paths to the country’s Persian greatness, and daily North Korea has to face the glaring economic disparities with its sister state.
Exactly how long will it take for these regimes to realize that in today’s world a country’s might is measured in economic terms?
Indeed, even if the North Korean and Iranian regimes on their own somehow managed to amass Russia’s military might, neither would be further ahead economically.
So what’s the point in trying?