North Korea Is Threatening South Korea with "Psychological Warfare" Because of Christmas Lights

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If there was ever such thing as a country ran by Grinches, North Korea would be that country. Why? Well, according to the BBC, North Korea has warned neighboring South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if South Korea decides to light up Christmas trees near their border.

North Korea's biggest beef with the Christmas lights is that they feel that South Korea is using those lights to "spread the Christian message" to North Korean citizens. Paranoid, much? Yes! The "unexpected consequences" would have to do with some sort of "psychological warfare" on South Korea. What does that even mean? I'm thinking NK has no idea what that means but as long as it's provocative (shout out: Will Ferrell), it's completely fine with them.

South Korea had previously turned off the Christmas lights on the Christmas tree near the border but started lighting it again last year due to the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. The tree in question is actually a 100 foot tall steel structure that is illuminated with lights and is located 2 miles from the border and can be seen from North Korea's side. What's really great is that South Korea doesn't give a hoot about NK's psychological warfare because they're planning on lighting two more trees along the border this year. Merry Christmas North Korea! [BBC, Image Credit:]

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Just to be clear, this Christmas tree thing isn't being done by the South Korean government. They're allowing Christian groups to put them up. Christian groups also fly balloons across the border filled with religious pamphlets and whatnot.

Personally, I find it kind of obnoxious, since it reeks to me of people putting their own religious devotion ahead of true humanitarian efforts. Reading pamphlets about your God isn't going to help the people in North Korea who live in terrible conditions of oppression, hunger, poverty, etc. But I don't find it objectionable on the same grounds as North Korea does, so I think it's fine to let them do their thing in this case.