Friday, June 5, 2009

North Korea Holds American Journalists: Let's Not Forget

Laura Ling and Euna Lee are journalists, They work for Current TV, based in San Francisco.

They're being tried in North Korea for 'hostile acts.' What the acts were and why they were hostile is about as clear as anything else that comes out of Kim Jong Il's country. Their trial, of course, is closed.

My guess is that they're being used as bargaining chips, to be traded for something. Probably from America. Sooner or later, a sentence will be announced. After that, they'll either be released, probably with declarations of how magnanimous and merciful The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is (following Iran's lead); or not.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.