Tuesday, May 18, 2010

War drums along the 38th...

BREAKING: From ABC News - "Obvious" North Korea Sank South Korean Ship - South Korean Officials Say North Korean Torpedo Hit Ship, Killed 46 Sailors: "A North Korean torpedo was responsible for the March 26 sinking of a South Korean navy ship and the deaths of 46 sailors aboard, South Korean officials said. Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said today it was "obvious" that the North Koreans sank the Cheonan warship as it sailed near the disputed water between the two Koreas. (Developing…)

ADD BREAKING: [North Korea] accuses South Korea of worsening relations over warship sinking. (Developing…)

Since the cessation of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula officially ended in 1953, the communist government of Pyongyang has been nothing short of a cancer on the world, not to mention its own people.

Time and time again, whether it’s been the proliferation of nuclear weapons, sponsorship/support of terrorism, or numerous attacks on South Korea and its allies, North Korea has shown that it belongs in the Rogue Nations Hall of Fame.

Things are heating up again...

Just a little over a month ago, hours after North Korea threatened to attack South Korea and the United States with nukes, a South Korean Navy Pohang class corvette (The Cheonan), just off the demarcation line between the two Koreas, mysteriously sank.

Despite the south’s reluctance to point a finger, everyone had that same terrible feeling: North Korea must be to blame.

Investigators from South Korea, the U.S. and other countries immediately began investigating the incident. Any accusation leveled at the insane leadership of North Korea could result in a resumption of the war that never ended, and an incorrect accusation would only invite it.

But know we know.

Today in Seoul, South Korea will declare that North Korea was responsible for a torpedo attack on the warship (in South Korean waters). South Korea will formally blame North Korea for launching a torpedo that caused an explosion killing 46 sailors and ratcheting-up tensions “in one of the world's most perilous regions.”

Over at Commentary, Max Boot discusses “The Ongoing Korean War.”

If things go bad, the U.S. /ROK edge in technology might not be all that it’s hoped it will be. Earlier this year, North Korean hackers were thought to have stolen U.S. war plans to defend South Korea...

And while it seems ludicrous to even consider, a decision to not provide North Korea with World Cup soccer broadcasts could be a big straw on the camel’s back, “there are some concerns that bickering between Pyongyang and a South Korean broadcaster means North Korean fans might be left in the dark when the world's most-watched sports event begins June 11. 'Because of the strangled relationship between South and North Korea over the Cheonan incident, we have not seen any headway,' said Yang Chul-hoon, a senior executive at Seoul Broadcasting System, which holds the exclusive rights here for the games. Negotiations stalled when the North demanded that the South Korean broadcaster pay for numerous costs, including the right to cover crowd reactions in North Korea. Any broadcast arrangement must also need the approval of the South Korean government, which appears in no mood to cater to North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il. 'We cannot say whether we would approve it or not at this stage,' said Lee Jong-joo, a deputy spokeswoman for South Korea's Unification Ministry." (h/t: LA Times).

Iran continues to dominate the news as it works toward its first nuclear weapon. Al Qaeda (and other terrorist groups) continues to gain notice for their efforts to secure a bomb – dirty or otherwise. But North Korea poses an even greater danger: if it’s possible to have an even more unstable leadership, it does; it’s shown a willingness to attack military, political and civilian targets; and it has successfully created/detonated nuclear devices.

And let’s not forget, it also waged a war against the U.S. and its allies – a war that ended without capitulation and with plenty of talk (by North Korea) that it would one day finish what it started...

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