You can't make this stuff up. Just when you were thinking that, at least for a while, maybe we've avoided a hot war with Iran, the lunatics in charge turn up the heat on the Korean peninsula. It seems that someone, somewhere is dead-set on breaking the final straw on the camel's back that is our fragile world economy.
Go ahead and try it, big guy!
It seems that Kim Jong Il's son, Kim Jong Un, might be just as crazy as his old man... Or, we've just decided to goad and push him as much as we did with did with his father at this time for some strange reason...
ABC News (Australia) reports a bunch of bad news in S. Korea Hunts for North's Missing Subs that sounds like a script for a bad war flick where one stupid move by someone could spark an all-out war in Asia... A war over what exactly is kind of hard to figure out wince no one could possibly benefit from a war, excepting, of course, the Military-Industrial Complex of the United States. The report reads:
South Korea is reportedly searching for four North Korean submarines that disappeared after leaving their bases on the tense peninsula.
A military source quoted in a South Korean newspaper says up to four North Korean submarines slipped out of port in recent days and have so far avoided detection.
The source was also quoted as saying that Pyongyang has stepped up submarine infiltration drills as the weather has warmed.
Seoul is now on alert for a possible strike against a South Korean naval ship.
The South accuses the North of using a midget submarine to sink the corvette the Cheonan two years ago, which left 46 South Korean sailors dead.
But there's more bad news! North Korea has said it will test launch a missile sometime next week to which Japan has said its response will be "nothing unusual" but will shoot the missile down! The North Koreans have said that will be an act of war. The Wall Street Journal reports in Japan Readies Response to Pyongyang's Launch:
On Friday, Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka told reporters that nothing unusual should be read into the southern deployment. "It's not related to a strengthening of our defense structure," he said. "It's just in case."
Late last month he ordered troops to destroy the rocket if it threatens to hit Japanese territory, although this is considered highly unlikely unless it goes off course.
Japan is preparing for any eventuality with the planned launch, with missiles situated on ships and on islands. It is mobilizing three Aegis-equipped ships, which carry SM-3 missiles, and is deploying eight land-based Patriot missile batteries: four on Okinawan islands, and four in Tokyo and surrounding areas.
Well, this doesn't sound good! But wait! There's more! The USA (always sticking its nose in everyone's business) says that if North Korea launches the missile, it will cancel food aid to which North Korea says that if that happens, they will resume nuclear weapons testing... So what does the USA do? They cut off food aid before the missile launch! How does North Korea react? They become more obstinate so they are forced to go ahead with the missile launch!
The State Department spokeswoman says in typical Orwellian fashion, "We don't link news with the nuclear issue! But we do have to have confidence in the commitments that the government is making to us with regards to the monitoring situation before one can go forward!" Wait a minute! Is she speaking for North Korea or the USA? Or is that interchangeable?
To see how well USA foreign policy fits with double-talk and incredible hypocrisy, watch this short video:
Great news. Just great. Thank you USA...
I winder when, oh when, South Korea and japan can get the US troops off their shores so that we can sit down and talk with our neighbors as equals rather than having the 900-lb gorilla in the room always sticking his grubby paws into everything?
If the start of spring and the blossoming of the cherry blossoms wasn't enough to give you an excuse to drink, then this news certainly is enough of an excuse for any man to raise a glass.... Cheers!