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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Are You Ready For A War?

This is rather disturbing:

In a sharp escalation of hostility along their disputed sea border, North Korean and South Korean forces traded fire Tuesday, a deadly skirmish that jacked up diplomatic tensions in a volatile region.

Two South Korean marines were killed and 15 South Korean soldiers and civilians were wounded when the North fired about 100 rounds of artillery at Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, South Korea authorities said, according to the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

South Korea’s military responded with more than 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, defense officials said.

Firing between the two sides lasted for about an hour in the Yellow Sea, a longstanding flashpoint between the two Koreas. In March, a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, was sunk in the area with the loss of 46 lives in a suspected North Korean torpedo attack.

The Norks are claiming South Korea provoked this with military exercises but their statement has phrases taken right out of the Standard Communist Playbook.  More telling is what everyone else is saying.  People who might know what’s going on behind the iron curtain—Russia and China—are condemning the attack.  The White House has not pulled its punches at all.  If the South had really provoked this, everyone would be claiming both sides were to blame.  That they’re not tells me they know exactly what happened.

Watchers on our side think it had to do with our revelation and condemnation of their new uranium enrichment facility.  That’s possible.  But it may also just be that Lil’ Kim’s screws are coming even looser.

I actually don’t think this will come to a war.  Rather, it will go one of two ways.  We will either stay in an escalated tension situation for a while or China will get sick of propping up this lunatic and cut him loose.  The latter might involve Kim rolling tanks into South Korea without Chinese support and getting smashed, depending on how deep his dementia goes.  But I don’t think the Chinese are so stupid as to let Korean War II get started.  If nothing else, they can’t finance our side of it.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/23/10 at 07:03 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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