North Korea threatens nuclear war & “more powerfulness”

Posted: December 19, 2010 in Cold War, Headlines, Jeff's Blogs, Kim Jong Il, Korean War, North Korea, Nuclear War, South Korea, Yeonpyeong Island

Update: December 23, 2010 1pm:– When the North failed to respond to the live fire drill on Yeonpyeong Island, the South decided to ramp up their drills substantially with fighter jets and tanks. In light of this, the North is renewing their threats to “unleash a holy war” on the South using nuclear weapons. 

I may have been premature in declaring the North Korean threats nothing more than posturing, and in light of the thousands of views that this story has had today alone, I will continue to update it as events unfold.

Update: December 20, 2010, 11:30am – It would appear that the recent threats of retaliation were indeed nothing more than posturing by North Korea. The live fire drills which lasted just over an hour on Yeonpyeong Island were uneventful and while the South remains on high alert, the North continues to issue bizarre statements including this one issued today to the Korea News Service Agency KNCA

“The second and third powerful retaliatory strike to be made by the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) knowing no limit as declared before the world will lead to blowing up the bases of the U.S. and South Korean puppet warmongers.” 

While it’s encouraging that the threats made by the North appear to be nothing more than affectation, I for one will certainly have a curious eye on the Peninsula for the foreseeable future.

December 19, 2010 

By Jeff Parkinson – Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE)

As atrocious as the situation in our own back yard has been for the past nearly 5 years, I’m reminded on occasion how good we have it in Canada. While researching what was to be a tongue in cheek comparison of the personalities and human rights records of Julian Fantino and Kim Jong Il, I stumbled onto an alarming report that North Korea is threatening to attack the South with nuclear weapons in the near future. 

North and South Korea have officially been at war since June 25, 1950 and although an armistice was signed in 1953, there has never been an official peace treaty. The current threat of nuclear war was buried in a story about South Korea planning to hold a military drill on an island bordering the North, but in the territory of the South. 

In an Aljazeera story titled “S Korea military drills to go ahead” North Korean officials were quoted as saying that they “will deal the second and third unpredictable self-defensive blow” to protect its territorial waters and that it will be “deadlier than what was made on November 23 in terms of the powerfulness and sphere of the strike”. 

While it would be fun at this point to compare that to similarly incoherent statements made by Fantino, the next quote was quite concise and not funny at all. In a statement posted on Pyongyang’s official website Uriminzokkiri, they warned that “another war with South Korea would involve nuclear weapons.” 

I don’t regularly follow Aljazeera for 2 primary reasons. 

#1 I’m not a fan of alarmist Islamic anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-civilized world propaganda. 

#2 I make a conscious effort not to follow the daily goings on in the Middle East because it gives me a headache. 

I respect those who try to keep up to speed on the minutia of world politics but I don’t have an appetite for the daily inane posturing of extremists, and as an activist I don’t feel there’s anything I can do about it. I can’t co organize a flag raising in the Gaza Strip or use private prosecution to force corrupt officials in Pakistan to turn over Osama Bin Laden, so I keep my nose out of it. 

I enjoy following the likes of Blazing Cat Fur, The Lasso of Truth, Mark Steyn, The Strong Conservative, Voice of Canada, and Small Dead Animals who pull no punches in breaking down many of the megalomaniacal leaders, parties, and policies world wide in an entertaining and informative manner, but I don’t keep score on a regular basis of who is making the most ridiculous claims in the never ending battles between free speech and the ego’s that it bruises. 

Kim Jong Il

With that disclaimer in mind, the news that an imbecile like Kim Jong Il is threatening to unleash nuclear weapons if his neighbors hold a drill on an island that’s in their own territory is chilling. I did not live through the cold war, but I’ve heard stories from enough people who did to know that I don’t want to experience one in my lifetime on this or any other shore. 

What for me is perhaps equally disconcerting is that this threat does not appear to be the focus of any major North American media. A thorough search of the homepage turned up 2 stories about the conflict, but nothing about the potential nuclear threat or the almost certain fallout it would cause. 

With Countries like China and Russia backing the North while the Western world supports the South, it’s not hard to imagine how a serious conflict that reaches far beyond the borders of Korea could break out. 

The ultimate motive of the North appears to be to find a way to engage the US in battle. In a story published by CNN this morning, a North Korean official was quoted as saying “The shelling to be perpetrated by the puppet forces of south Korea at last, trespassing on the prohibiting line would make it impossible to prevent the situation on the Korean Peninsula from exploding and escape its ensuing disaster,” and “North Korea “will force the U.S. to pay dearly for all the worst situations prevailing on the peninsula and its ensuing consequences,” 

While this sounds very much like the at times incomprehensible rhetoric that the communist regime has been spewing for years, one has to wonder if they have finally found a way to draw the Western world into a battle that will benefit no one. When one factors in the threat of nuclear war, this becomes a story that we should all be paying attention to.

Suggested Viewing:

Al Jazeera story – South Korea Military Drills to go ahead

CNN story – Korean tensions high as UN meets

Daily Mail Online story – North Korea threatens holy war using nuclear deterent as South stages massive firing drills in disputed territory


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