It was just a matter of time before North Korea flexed its muscles. North Korea shelled an island, killing at least two South Korean marines. In addition to that, when North Korea shelled the island, civilians were sent scurrying to find shelter and buildings were set on fire. Ultimately, as a result of the vicious act by the North Koreans, the two countries exchanged artillery fire.
Hyung-Jin Kim and Kwang-Tae Kim have posted an article for the Associated Press on the Yahoo News website titled “North, South Korea exchange fire; 2 marines killed.”
This occurred on the heels of reports that North Korea is moving rapidly toward “full nuclear capacity.” That is not a surprise. Obama has taken the position that, simply because he speaks for peace, rogue nations like North Korea are going to smile and blow up their own weaponry. Month after month, Obama continues to show what a “wet-behind-the-ears-rookie” he truly is.
It turns out the South Koreans were performing military drills in waters that are disputed territories. The North warned them to stop, but the South shot artillery in the waters, although apparently it was away from the North’s shore. Then the North retaliated by shelling the island, which houses civilians.
All of this actually comes as a result of actions back in May of this year, when the North Koreans sunk a South Korean ship.
As a result, the South has started running drills as has, occasionally, the United States. The U.S., incidentally, has condemned the act and indicated they will support the South.
Yes, I condemn the act as well, and there is no excuse for shooting rockets at islands with civilians. However, everyone knows the North Koreans are not stable in their reactions to other nations, particularly the South Koreans. I am not saying that everyone must tiptoe around North Korea, but was it really necessary to shoot artillery shells in the disputed waters? Surely the South Koreans knew the North would have to respond or lose face.
When I was in the sixth grade, at the height of the Cold War, I never understood why we would fight with Russia “over things.” Why didn’t we confront them in general, or agree to disagree?
These problems are not going to go away. If a country is looking for trouble, they will find it.
It is time we faced reality. Obama is right about one thing: It is time to disarm. He is wrong about one thing: Disarming us would be giving our country a death sentence.
Yahoo News Website, Hyung-Jin Kim and Kwang-Tae Kim, “North, South Korea exchange fire; 2 marines killed”
BC Politics Website, John Lake, “North Korea Moving Rapidly Towards Full Nuclear Capacity”
BBC News Website, “North Korean torpedo sank South’s navy ship-report”