General Douglas MacArthur was directly responsible for Kim Jong Un. Wait, wait, hear me out. After World War II, Korea was divided between the Soviets and the Americans. The north was, you guessed it, Soviet. They handed power to Kim Il Sung, who promptly did everything a good little satellite did: redistributing land, starting a cult of personality, and putting intellectuals and aristocrats in camps. Then he got what he really wanted, permission from the Soviets to attack the south and reunify the peninsula. The Korean People’s Army attacked in June 1950. They quickly pushed most of the ill-prepared, under-equipped southern troops out. The only non-communist piece of Korea by September was the Pusan Perimeter, a small circle around the southernmost point.
Then the Americans, backed by the United Nations, intervened. General MacArthur led a daring amphibious landing at Incheon on September 15, 1950. Incheon was about halfway up the peninsula and over 100 miles (160 kilometers) behind KPA lines. To give credit where credit is due, it was MacArthur’s idea to land in Incheon, and he stuck with it depite initial Pentagon disapproval. The unusual tactic worked. Combined with a push from the Pusan Perimeter, American forces (excuse me, United Nations combined forces) rapidly retook the peninsula from the KPA. By the end of October the peninsula was reunited under American control.
This is where MacArthur gets his infamy. You see, American intelligence knew that the Chinese communist forces were just across the border, marked mostly by the Yalu River. So MacArthur was ordered to keep a large distance between the Yalu River and his troops. American bombers ruled the skies. With a buffer zone, bombers could easily keep back any Chinese advances without striking their own troops. But MacArthur was in contact with Chiang Kai-Shek. The exiled former leader of China promised that if MacArthur attacked from the north, he would land in the south and they would end communism in China. And MacArthur wanted to be a big damn hero. He marched to the edge of the Yalu in the infamous “Reconnaissance in Force,” and of course the Chinese crossed the river and fought. They pushed MacArthur’s troops back to roughly where the original line had been before, and the next four years were a long, bloody war of attrition with no ground gained and many lives lost. The Korean peninsula is still divided today. Kim’s dynasty still rules their totalitarian nation to the north, playing with human rights and nuclear weapons. And we have General Douglas MacArthur to thank for it.
OK, let me add couple lines regarding telecom. I’ve spent number of years working at telecom, while it is not my primary specialization at this moment, nothing has changed last several years.
First of all, as it was said before - if phone rings, or, better to say - if you hear ringback, that does not really mean anything. (telecom) Network equipment determines a lot of things this days and multiple intermediary devices can generate ringback even before request reaches the phone. This method is used in google voice for example - you will hear ringback pretty much immediately while call setup is still in progress.
Secondly, if phone is called, all network operators can trace the call, not only signaling part, but content if required (google CALEA). Network operator always can identify which cell tower is used to handoff the call to the end user device. Which would pinpoint the location of the phone within 2-5 miles radius.
Thirdly, as it was already pointed - if you have ringback after three days, this is something very unusual here. W/o airline mode ‘on’ a phone in search of a signal would discharge in several hours maximum. And even if there was signal available all the time (how??) standby mode would not be three days for sure, unless you use some >10y old Nokias which had standby time of two-three weeks."