Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Korea....what the heck is going on?

Back in Ye Olde Times (ie. 1945, when the USSR/Japan Nonagression Pact being allowed to lapse is an example that springs to mind) something like this would be considered just this side of a declaration of war.
Today, I am not sure what it means. The Norks have made a living off of weird and threatening talk, crazy or threatening action and then sitting down to "talk" after being given a whole bunch of money/food/aid. Their Chinese enablers have not seen much necessity to restrain them at all, and the US and her allies have not tried particularly hard either.
I sure hope everyone in S. Korea is prepared and ready for .... whatever is (or is not?) coming this time.


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Blogger Kath said...

Have to say -- not in a million years do I understand North Korea. Not like I'm a big world historian or anything, but other than trying to be a big bully, what is their point? Oh, wait, maybe that IS the point.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

I must wonder, will this be the trigger for something much bigger? Are the US and China letting this roll because it will force us to ante up?

The US doesn't really like the way China conducts itself, but doesn't want to rock the boat because of trade and money. China sees the US as a big competetor (maybe as a threat), but also as a big market partner (and maybe as a big treasure to be plundered).

Bottom line, will this be the conflict that is so devastating that they call back the retired reserves (it is afterall, all about me ;D)?

8:09 AM  
Blogger Kath said...

Well, reading the news this morning about N. Korea keeping the ships away from the coastline and troop movements and ammunition and being able to launch a missile that could hit Alaska --- hmmm, Inner Prop, you may have to start packing your bags!!

Plus, they made the point in the news that all this "preparedness" and "readiness" that N. Korea is doing will all be in place in time for the summit meeting with Pres. Obama.

Excuse me, but isn't that what Japan did when they bombed Pearl Harbor? Weren't they in the very act of having meetings with the President?

8:49 AM  
Blogger Citizen Deux said...

I am not sure the old measures predicting imminent warfare is relevant. The DPRK is a loony bin of epic proportions. They may be gambling that the handoff of the reins of power require some serious posturing. My understanding is that KJI's son is as wack-a-doo as his dad.

There is no doubt that we would be able to soundly defeat North Korea, however, if they elected to launch a preemptive conventional strike - Seoul would be devastated. China would be overrun with refugees and the US, Japan, South Korea and Australia would be hip deep in the goo.

I think they might even recall my dad who served in the original conflict as an ARTY BTTY CO.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Soundly defeat NK, yes, but your Dad may be able to tell you that it wasn't the North Koreans that gave us as much of a problem as China. That's what I really worry about.

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