South Korea announced today that it will go ahead with an artillery drill that will see the South Koreans lob shells close to disputed waters near North Korea.
North Korea has announced that they will view this as a direct provocation and will respond accordingly in retaliation. Any response from the North Koreans could then trigger a major conflagration on the peninsula that could even escalate to the use of nuclear weapons.
Both Russia and China have advised South Korea not to go ahead with the drill and have asked the United Nations to intervene. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging North Korea to show restraint despite, it seems, it looks like being South Korea that’s going to fire the first shots.
One cannot over-emphasise how dangerous this situation can become if the South Koreans go ahead as planned. Only three weeks ago the South Koreans fired artillery shells into the same area as they proposed to over the next few days. They were warned then that the North Koreans would retaliate and they did. So why do it again?
One needs to ask: who’s really to blame here for shoving this potential disaster, not just for the region, but for the world, right up to the edge?
One can rest assured that South Korea would be doing absolutely nothing to upset the North Koreans in this way without the full knowledge or encouragement or even instigation of the US.
Already the US military ‘observers and trainers’ are in South Korea to oversee what can only be termed as direct provocations.
America has become desperate to find a way out of its economic and its domestic socio-political situation and war has always been seen as a panacea for its ills in the past both as a distraction from its woes and as a means of reuniting a fractured society. The problem is; America is very disunited and needs a very big distraction to bring back together again.
Let’s hope that a nuclear holocaust is not what these lunatics have in mind as a ‘distraction’!
Monday, 20 December 2010.
The US has blocked efforts by the 15 member UN Security Council (UNSC) to come to an agreement over the Korean crisis. The US is insisting that any statement must include a condemnation of North Korea’s ‘aggression’ against South Korea which occurred on 23 November 2010 – an incident which was actually started by South Korea – and an earlier incident when North Korea was accused of sinking a South Korean warship by torpedo launched from a submarine.
China, a permanent member of the UNSC, has refused to concede to US demands that such a condemnation be include in any statement.
The South Korean firing of live shells toward disputed waters will begin once the fog has lifted.
It seems the US has been thwarted again in their efforts to get a war going against the North Koreans and the world can stop holding its breath yet again.
The South Koreans fired off their provocative artillery rounds into disputed waters (with thousands of miles of their own coastline that they can lob shells from ‘til their hearts are content, what else could it be but deliberate provocation?) without any of the promised retaliation from the North Koreans, a restraint, not doubt, instigated by the Chinese.
I guess the Iran office at the Pentagon will get busy again now.