Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Korean Flashpoint?

The news that the North Koreans have apparently launched an unprovoked attack on the South should concern us all. Officially the war in Lorea has never ended, though a "truce" was agreed in 1954. The North Koreans are a rogue state in anybodies terms, but with their "Beloved Leader" clearly deranged and a military that is equally clearly flexing its muscles, it seems to me that it must be only a matter of time before they do something that will escalate into a full on war.

If ever there was a state and a government that proves the point you can't negotiate peace with some mindsets - Kim Il Jong has to be it.

The artillery fire today was not a 'rogue' commander, it will involve people all the way up to Kim himself. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that his chosen successr - recently 'promoted' to General without any known military background at all - hadn't decided to see what would happen if he gave the order. When the Chinese, just about North Koreas only real allies, express serious concerns over this act, something is seriously amiss.

I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens next. One thing is for sure, no power in the West has the apability to do what we did in 1950 - 54.

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