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North Korea: The Great Asian Puppet Show

The South Korean military went to "crisis status" on Tuesday and threatened military strikes after the North fired dozens of shells at a South Korean island, killing two of the South's soldiers and setting off an exchange of fire in one of the most serious clashes between the two sides in decades.

President Lee Myung-bak met with security-related ministers and senior aides in the underground situation room at the Blue House, the presidential office and residence, and ordered strikes on North Korea's missile base if the North made any "indication of further provocation," The Korea Herald quoted a presidential spokesman, Hong Sang-pyo, as saying.

The North blamed the South for starting the exchange; the South acknowledged firing test shots in the area but denied that any had fallen in the North's territory. It was in the same area that a South Korean naval vessel, the Cheonan, was sunk in March, killing 46 sailors. Seoul blamed a North Korean torpedo attack; the North has denied any role.

Read the rest at the New York Times (via Memeorandum)

Details aren't totally clear but it looks like Lil' Kim Jong Il son is apparently the one who ordered the attack. He wants to show us he has some brass ones.

I always try to find the humor in everything, but I'm not sure I can here. The bum on the street who lives in a shopping cart and conducts important meetings in their head is amusing until he gets that nuke and plugs this...

...in to it.

North Korea is like some great Asian ventriloquist act. Everyone is entertained by the dummy and forgets about the puppet master controling it.

I have a really hard time believing that country does anything without at least a little bit of advance knowledge from China. Acts like this are toe dips in the water. Every time something like this happens it isn't really about South Korea, America is being tested.

One can hope President Obama will understand this, but his approval rating is at 39% and everything is reversed through that mirror of his. So he needs stop staring at himself and turn around to figure out its not 93%, and you can't reason with people who want to see us destroyed anymore.

In many ways our country is in a precarious position, I understand that. I also know I don't have all the facts, but I do know that we've been speaking softly for too long, and it plunges the world deeper to the point of no return. At some point, I'm afraid (but I hope I'm wrong), a big stick of some sort will have to get us out.

Oh boy, not that one Barry...

Please pray for the people of South Korea.