North and South Korea Engage in DialogLeaders of North and South Korea dialoged recently:
- North Korea:
Don't allow your citizens to
- Write leaflets that aren't complimentary of Dear Leader and our government
- Send them into our territory
- South Korea:
I don't think that North Korean leaders were soothed by a South Korean general talking about a pre-emptive strike against North Korea's nuclear facilities, or by the escape of a North Korean soldier into South Korea.
The soldier says that he started thinking about what to do with his life, looked at North Korea, looked at South Korea, and defected.
North Korea reacted to the general's idea with the sort of calm, thoughtful, statement we've come to expect. The North Korean military released this statement, through the official Korean Central News Agency: "the puppet authorities had better remember that the advanced pre-emptive strike of our own style will reduce everything opposed to the nation and reunification to debris, not just setting them on fire."
The CNN article that gave that quote didn't say, but my guess is that the puppet master of the "puppet authorities" is imperialistic, militaristic, America.
- Four members of one family
- One guard at the farm
- The guard's wife
- Some guy who was fishing nearby
- An unused military building
- An agricultural research station.
- Nothing but sand
- Nothing at all: There was no attack
The American version of the event isn't all that different. Quite unofficially, the account is that an Iraqi called "Abu Ghadiya" was the target. His family apparently has been smuggling money, weapons and foreign fighters from Syria into Iraq.
The Syrian foreign minister said: "This is lies from the United States," (CNN) which shouldn't surprise anybody.
Killing Innocent People? Hiding Behind Innocent People?I don't doubt that innocent people could have been killed in the attack. On the other hand, I do doubt, very much, that American officers sent helicopters and soldiers to shoot up an innocent, harmless, farm on a whim.
The American raid has already caused a diplomatic ruckus, since it seems to have been staged in Iraq, on a Syrian target.
An Iraqi spokesman said that he didn't want the incident to affect Syrian-Iraqi relations. He also said that 13 Iraqi policemen had been killed recently: in Iraq, by terrorists based in Syria.
That "farm" could really have been a farm, with a family living on it. It could also have been a base for smugglers.
Hiding behind innocents seems to be a regional tradition. Palestinian 'national liberation movements' have an established habit of hiding military equipment in people's houses, and using the residences as launching platforms. Then, when the Israeli military deals with the threat, the Jews are called terrorists. And, as a sort of bonus, the 'national liberation movements' have holy martyrs.
I think its disgusting, but I've been told that other cultures have alternative ways of dealing with the world.
I also think that, if Syria wants fewer 'innocent farms' to be attacked, Syria should stop providing land for terrorist bases.
Posts about last year's Israeli attack and its aftermath:
- "Syria, the IAEA, Israel, Claims and Denials "
(June 22, 2008)
(Or, as I like to think of it, The Strange Case of the Radioactive Kmichi.")
- "N. Korea threatens to turn S. Korea into 'debris'"
CNN (October 28, 2008)
- "Two Koreas hold military talks"
CNN (October 27, 2008)
- "Al Qaeda was U.S. target in Syrian attack, official says"
CNN (October 27, 2008)