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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Reason And Restraint On The Korean Peninsula

Right off the bat, there's the whole North Korea thing getting worse and worse. At a memorial service for the two South Korean marines killed in the North Korean attack, a thousand South Korean marine veterans burned pictures of Kim Jong-il while chanting: "It's time for action. Time for retaliation. Let's hit the presidential palace in Pyongyang."

So, yeah. Angry calls for retaliation. I can't really say I blame the South Korean people, in the wake of what happened. I mean, if Quebec had just shelled Detroit, I'm sure I'd want to see some retaliation myself. But at least the South Korean government is looking for a diplomatic solution first, right?
"All Marines, including Marines on service and reserve Marines, will avenge the two at any cost, keeping today's anger and hostility in mind," said Lieutenant General Yoo Nak Joon, commander of the South Korean Marine Corps.

"We will put our feelings of rage and animosity in our bones and take our revenge on North Korea."

Ah. But that's the Marine Corps. Perhaps the civilian government...

"There is the possibility that North Korea may do some unexpected action, so please perfectly prepare against it through cooperation with the Korea-U.S. joint force." (South Korean President Lee Myung-bak)
Well, at least there's some good news. North Korea apparently expressed regret for the civilian deaths. In this regard, a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea released a statement on Friday.
The recent military provocation by the puppet group is a product of the deliberate and premeditated plot hatched by it to save its smear confrontational campaign from total bankruptcy, tarnish the daily rising might of the DPRK, scuttle the efforts for improving the north-south relations and tide over the domestic and international isolation and crisis, it points out, and says:

The group perpetrated the recent provocation prompted by a sinister calculation that in case the DPRK did not make any reaction it would take it as "a tacit recognition" of the illegal "northern limit line" and make it a fait accompli and in case the DPRK took a military counter-action, it would use it as a pretext for kicking up anti-DPRK smear campaign.

I give up. Watch for the Asian markets to tank on Monday.

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