North Korea Watch: Fishing a Stream? Or Provoking a War?

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The North Korea problem needs management. . .now.
While this may sound like a modest incident, it’s very scary. Miscommunication, misunderstanding, escalation, and violence in an already tense situation given North Korea’s seeming determination to hold a nuclear test are possible triggers for a regional conflagration in Northeast Asia.
According to the Washington Post:

South Korean soldiers fired about 40 shots as a warning after five North Korean soldiers crossed a boundary in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two country’s forces, South Korean military officials said.
It was unclear whether the North Korean advance was intended as a provocation, or was rather an attempt to go fishing at a nearby stream, an official at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on condition of anonymity, citing official policy.

Five guys might have wanted to go fishing? Or perhaps they were trying to penetrate South Korea’s defenses. In either case, this is far too fragile and America is doing little on its side to steady matters.
— Steve Clemons

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11 comments on “North Korea Watch: Fishing a Stream? Or Provoking a War?

  1. Raff says:

    Well, today’s escalation really ratchets things up further. Another screw up on this President’s watch. I like the fact that all three of the “axis of evil” nations are now even more dangerous than they were before.

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  2. Pissed Off American says:

    Well, it appears N. Korea lit one off today. Kaboom, another player enters the nuclear fray. It sure is comforting to know we have a bunch of self-serving assholes, in both parties, watching out for our interests, isn’t it? Bush attacks Iraq while our “ally”, Pakistan, is selling nuke technology to N. Korea. Only in Bushworld. These are the most corrupt and inept fuckers that have EVER occupied our nation’s capital. Guess what folks? These people in our government just don’t give a fuck about anything other than their bank accounts and their libido, whether it is little boys that get them off, slutty young female aides kneeling in the Oval Office, or just plain power. If you aren’t disgusted with the whole damned wad of these scumsucking pseudo “representatives”, than you are either not paying attention, or you are a moron. One thing is for sure, this country is rapidly being flushed down the crapper, and it is probably too damned late to do anything about it.

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  3. NeilS says:

    So why did NK conduct this test when the Japanese PM was visiting China?
    Here are comments by both leaders from the FT:
    “On the subject of North Korea, Mr Abe said: “We agreed that nuclear tests by North Korea can never be tolerated. That we saw eye-to-eye on that . . . in itself sends a strong message.”
    He said Japan’s policy towards Pyongyang combined “dialogue and pressure”, a reference to Tokyo’s call to step up sanctions.
    However, Chinese officials and the joint communiqué referred simply to “grave concern” over the threat of nuclear tests and an attempt to deal with the issue through six-party talks, of which China and Japan are members.”

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  4. NeilS says:

    And now CNN reports that NK has tested a bomb.
    Mission accomplished

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  5. Pissed Off American says:

    Is there even a policy on North Korea?
    Posted by Gracchi
    Yeah, its “Don’t ask, but do tell.”

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  6. Gracchi says:

    It is amazing that these guys are so obsessed with Iraq and keep on forgetting, (even before we all went in this was true) about North Korea. Is there even a policy on North Korea?

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  7. Arun says:

    I’m not able to find a list covering more recent incidents, but why is this incident any different than those listed here:
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/dmz-list.htm

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  8. pawlr says:

    Frankly, I’m happy if the WH doesn’t get involved, since their record in “steadying matters” regarding foreign policy is nonexistent.

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  9. Pissed Off American says:

    Good lord Steve, do you REALLY want these inept asses in the White House messing with someone that REALLY DOES have nukes???

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  10. liz says:

    Seems a call to Governor Bill Richards may be in order. The only question is will the decider decide this is a crisis like we the people? And has all of this gotten to the politically ridiculous boiling over point yet? Will a true American please stand up and take some semblence of control in an America gone mad , haywire, nuts and outrageously arrogant and obsessed with power, greed and complete control? Bush has way underestimated the world’s response to “terrarism” .

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  11. Valuethinker says:

    Steve
    Believe it or not, it might have been fishing. Fish is an integral part of Far Eastern diets.
    Military rations are boring at best. North Korea has food supply problems.
    Soldiers do crazy things, out of boredom, out of hunger.
    I know it sounds ludicrous, but believe me, large organisations are full of these eff-ups. Even totalitarian ones.
    Bad and stupid things happen when people are tense, but this could have been a genuine accident, rather than a deliberate provocation.
    J.

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