Call me the Mocketeer! The Mocket Man!
Here we have this rich guy in Japan who spent $350,000 on mock missiles to act as a “deterrent” against a possible rocket incursion from North Korea.
I’ll let that sink in for a minute. His mock missiles are supposed to deter real ones.
It gets worse. Since his missiles don’t really do anything, then all he has is the element of surprise, right? But he goes out and invites the media to his mock site in a small town in northern Japan, so now everybody in the world says, “Goshogawara? Sure, that’s where those mock misslies are!”
So when the real North Korean rockets zoom overhead, this dude is really going to wish he had spent his $350,000 on a shelter or an escort service or something like that, right?
But wait! What if this guy is smarter than he looks? What if his missiles are REAL, and he’s just spreading a lie so the North Koreans will think it’s safe to shoot their rockets right over Goshogawara, and when they do, BAMMO! It’s brilliant!
Hideyoshi Hashiba, owner of Hashiba corporate group, poses in front of mock ground-to-air guided missiles at his private ground in Goshogawara, northern Japan, April 3, 2009. Hashiba said he made 14 mock missiles, costing 35,000,000 yen ($349,985), as a deterrent against a possible rocket incursion from North Korea.
REUTERS photos by Toru Hanai