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American Journalists pardoned and freed!

Good afternoon, Netizens…

BREAKING NEWS

According to the Associated Press, thanks to Bill Clinton’s visit to North Korea, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, the 2 American journalists being held prisoner in North Korea have been pardoned and ordered released. 

Dave

North Korean plans for the future…

Good morning, Netizens…


In this undated photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service in Tokyo Sunday, June 14, 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, inspects the command of the 7th Infantry Division of the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea.(AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

The irreverent view, of course, of what is transpiring in this picture is North Korean President Kim Jong Il is pointing out to his inner cadre of military personnel where the new Dollyworld Center will be located once North Korea has wiped the United States off the map. Also planned is a Disney World-North Korea entertainment center, which will be located in a cleverly-planned yet unnamed location.

Jong Il has recently threatened to “wipe the United States off the map”, and having accomplished that goal, to establish new entertainment venues in North Korea to bolster its post-war economy.

That is, of course, if there is anything left of North Korea after the United States rises from the ashes.


Dave

How about a good game of Chicken?

Good evening, Netizens…


From the AP Wire


Here is an AP picture of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain as it approaches Busan in South Korea.


WASHINGTON: Senator John McCain, who appeared today on CBS’ “Face the Nation” stated the U.S. should board a North Korean ship it is tracking if hard evidence shows it is carrying missiles or other cargo that violates the U.N. sanctions and resolutions.


The South Korean news media reported Sunday that the ship was sailing toward Myanmar via Singapore. However, several sources told members of the news media that North Korea seldom exports anything but weapons.


The Obama administration has said it’s prepared to confront ships believed to be carrying contraband materials from or to North Korea, but would not try to forcibly board them.

If there is valid, hard evidence indicating this ship is carrying missiles or other weapons of mass destruction (or parts thereto) should the United States forcibly board the ship? The difficult part about answering this is do we have hard evidence that anything illegal is going on?

If this were your call, what would you do?

Dave

King-Gold Plutonium…

Good morning, Netizens…

North Korea’s government believes it is on a roll. Earlier yesterday it promised it would be enriching uranium in order to make more atomic bombs and that it would declare war on any nation that dares to stop its ships on the high seas.

In 2002, the last time there was a nuclear crisis involving North Korea, there were strong suspicions, especially in the United States, that North Korea already had or was developing a uranium enrichment program, but no evidence of such activity was ever found. Today they all but admitted they have had such a program in place and are building atomic bombs. Great! Now we have another nation, albeit one that is unstable, joining the nuclear fan club and eying its neighbors with plutonium in its armaments.

According to the Associated Press wire, North Korea has also vowed never to give up its nuclear ambitions, for fear that the United States might be contemplating the overthrow of the Kim Jong Il’s government.

There are also fears being made public that North Korea is about to test another nuclear bomb, which could further destabilize relations in the Far East.

Why am I worried? The situation in Korea right now is like a child possessing a box of wooden kitchen matches, a case of dynamite and a short set of fuses. All the child has to do is figure out how to strike a match…



Dave

North Korea poised for war?

Good morning, Netizens…


The North Koreans have successfully launched a new type of missile overnight according to the Associated Press. The North fired the missile from its Musudan-ni launch site on the east coast, a South Korean government official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the matter. It is the sixth short-range missile North Korea has test-fired since Monday’s nuclear test. Yonhap News Agency in South Korea, citing an unknown government source, stated this missile is an improved version of the SA-5 which North Korea purchased from the Soviet Union in the mid-60’s.


In the meantime, Chinese fishing boats have been seen fleeing North Korean waters in what might appear to be attempts to avoid a battle at sea. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the situation was not a crisis and no additional U.S. troops would be sent to the region. Call me a paranoid, but I would call a loose cannon in charge of North Korea firing off missiles and testing nuclear weapons a crisis, but I could be wrong. I hold no hunches nor predispositions about North Korea’s intentions; only that their actions and those of their despotic leaders are making me nervous.


First I have a reading assignment for those who have indicated by their participation in a discussion of nuclear weapons versus EMP explosions in near-space. If you browse to http://www.empcommission.org/docs/A2473-EMP_Commission-7MB.pdf you will read the full, rather extensive report of how much damage an atom bomb exploding in near-space could cause and how realistic such a scenario might be. Trust me, this report is extensive and rather pointed in its conclusions.


Read http://www.empcommission.org/docs/empc_exec_rpt.pdf this PDF to gain a better understand of what, in the words of this commission, those impacts might be like.


As I see it, the following questions apply:


Could North Korea launch an atomic weapon somewhere over the United States and explode it aloft? My opinion is yes. It could devastate our entire government including command and control over a wide area. The example given by the commission is that a nuclear weapon exploded in near space over Indiana could wipe out an area from Western Nebraska to New York City. Lights, water, telecommunications and some military site(s) would be severely impacted.


Does this need to be an EMP weapon? No, based upon the results of an above-ground explosion done above Johnson Island in the South Pacific. It knocked power and lights out in Hawaii, and by today’s standards, it was a puny bomb indeed.


Should we take the threat of North Korea seriously? HELL YES. Given the instability of the current regime in control of North Korea, we need to take every step within reason to stop this madness.


These, of course, are strictly my opinions, and I hold no special qualifications to make such a determination, other than I have read the report(s) cited above in detail. Some of the information, particularly about switching mechanisms that control power and water I fully understand and am cognizant about the impact EMP might have upon their operation.


And, by all means, if you hold different opinions than my own about this sensitive matter, feel free to add any comments you may have.


Dave

North Korea adds to its threats…

Good morning, Netizens…


North Korea has created world enmity and discontent with its actions the last few days, from launching 5 test missiles and ostensibly exploding an underground nuclear device. As if to add insult to injury, this morning North Korea threatened to launch military strikes against South Korea if any of its ships were stopped or searched as part of an American-led operation to intercept vessels suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction.


Of course, after the successful test of another nuclear weapon, South Korea hustled to join the global interdiction program, despite the fact the North Korean government warned them not to participate.


The United States is apparently choosing to ignore the threats and is proceeding with a plan to begin aerial verification of the atom bomb test and to stop ships suspected of carrying materials and/or WMD to North Korea.


To further quote North Korea, “Any hostile act against our peaceful vessels including search and seizure will be considered an unpardonable infringement on our sovereignty and we will immediately respond with a powerful military strike.”


My opinion is if the United States keeps messing around with North Korea, something bad might happen and sooner than we may have been led to believe. I would not put it beyond them to put an atomic bomb on South Korea.


A North Korean newspaper, Minju Joson, said in a commentary Wednesday that Pyongyang, North Korea does not fear repercussions.

“It is a laughable delusion for the United States to think that it can get us to kneel with sanctions,” it said. “We’ve been living under U.S. sanctions for decades, but have firmly safeguarded our ideology and system while moving our achievements forward. The U.S. sanctions policy toward North Korea is like striking a rock with a rotten egg.”

What the North Korean newspaper omits is that striking a rock with a rotten egg always stinks to high heaven.


Dave

[portions dedacted from the New York Times and Yahoo! News sources]

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