Monday, March 09, 2009

rumblings from Pyongyang

I graduated from high school on the day North Korea invaded South Korea and proved to the US Army that it should take third-world armies seriously. So I have especially sensitive antennae for rumblings from north of the 38th Parallel, such as this report from the Washington Post today:

'North Korea put its troops on alert and cut the last hot line to Seoul on Monday as the American and South Korean militaries began joint maneuvers. The communist regime warned that even the slightest provocation could trigger war.

'The North stressed that provocation would include any attempt to interfere with its impending launch of a satellite into orbit. U.S. and Japanese officials suspect the launch is a cover for a test of a long-range attack missile and have suggested they might move to intercept the rocket.

'"Shooting our satellite for peaceful purposes will precisely mean a war," North Korea's military threatened in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. Any interception attempt will draw "a just, retaliatory strike," it said.'
Cutting the hot line is such a nice touch. After all, isn't that what hot lines are for, to be cut? Blue skies! -- Dan Ford



At 7:31 PM, Blogger Indigo Red said...

Most folks might dismiss the NK rumblings not realizing their artillery can hit Seoul long before our forces can react. If the North crazies want to attack they'll go many miles before they're engaged. But then it's lights out for the North... do they have lights now?

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Dan Ford said...

Many years ago I flew to East Berlin, since American soldiers weren't permitted to drive or take the train at that time. It was night, in a DC-3 so we were flying low by today's standard. The only light in East Germany was one bulb at each train station. (I suppose something like that is what Al Gore is planning for us.)

Then West Berlin came in view, an incandescent explosion. And we all exhaled. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford


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