South Korea Drills to ‘Punish the Enemy’

(South Korea is running drills on “punishing the enemy” for sneak attacks, ie: acts of terrorism (pending false flag attacks to be staged inside South Korea and blamed on the North))

by Jason Ditz, AntiWar

Is South Korea deliberately trying to start a war with the North?

It seems far-fetched on the surface, but everyone was preparing for a major war Monday, when South Korea carried out a live-fire drill along its maritime border with North Korea, the exact same drill which last month ended with them trading fire.

That war didn’t happen, but civilians oughtn’t get too far from the bunkers just yet, as South Korea is announcing a new live-fire “mega drill,” far bigger and more provocative than the one on Monday.

The timing is particularly bizarre as North Korea has issued a few conciliatory statements in recent days, and the drill will undoubtedly be viewed not just as another military challenge but a slap in the face of those overtures.

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False Flag Terror Coming to South Korea?

by Scott Creighton

After failing to provoke North Korea into retaliating for South Korea’s highly provocative live-fire drills in the disputed waters in the Yellow Sea this past Sunday, South Korean officials have claimed that the North’s remarkable show of restraint was simply “political posturing”, and now they fully expect large-scale “terrorist” attacks on their own civilian population centers to be carried out by the North in stealth.

In order to defend themselves from this possibility, South Korea is going to “strengthen” their intelligence services, like the CIA or the FBI.

If that doesn’t scare the shit out of every single South Korean, I don’t know what would.

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US and China in a diplomatic standoff over North Korea

by John Chan, WSWS

While repeatedly demanding that China intervene to contain North Korea, Washington and its allies have rebuffed China’s diplomatic efforts to calm the Korean confrontation. Last Sunday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton phoned Chinese State Councilor Dai to urge Beijing to send what the State Department called “a strong message” that Pyongyang “cannot misinterpret”.

The US along with its allies, South Korea and Japan, have rejected China’s requests for an emergency meeting to restart the six-party talks, initially sponsored by Beijing to ease tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programs. On Tuesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs declared: “The United States and a host of others, I don’t think, are not interested in stabilising the region through a series of PR activities.”

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From Potential Peace to The Brink of War – President Peace Prize Strikes Again

by Scott Creighton

(UPDATE: South Korea “accidentally” fired an artillery round and hit the south side of the DMZ. (report at the end of the article))

(UPDATE 2: Pretty soon anything goes in the propaganda wars as journalists have been “asked’ to leave Yeonpyeong Island. Everything we hear about what happens will be from “unnamed military sources” (ie the Marine commander who vowed to kill 2,000 North Koreans)…)

A few days after the South Korean marines staged a phony march in which they sent marines into the streets to “protest” for war against North Korea, the marine commander “vowed” to kill two thousand North Koreans at a service held for the two marines killed in the recent artillery exchange in and around Yeonpyeong Island…

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In the Face of WWIII, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Goes on THE VIEW

by Scott Creighton

In case you needed more proof that this entire North Korea “crisis’ was nothing more than a staged production for the Propaganda Ministry, believe it or not, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), by law the highest ranking military officer in the United States armed forces “and the principal military adviser to the President of the United States, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council and the Secretary of Defense” ” Admiral Mike Mullen, went on THE VIEW as US military warships were steaming into the Yellow Sea.

With tensions the highest they have been in 50 years in that region and WWIII just waiting around the corner, the White House thought the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s valuable time was best spent talking to Whoopi Goldberg.

Are you fucking kidding me?!   A US warship is heading to North Korea and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is talking to Whoopi Fucking Goldberg?

Also notice in the video below that the “news’ hour host doesn’t mention that those “civilians” killed in the shelling were actually contractors from South Korea who were killed on the military base and “burned beyond recognition”.

Those Two Dead “Civilians”? Were Military Contractors Killed on the Marine Base… and “Burned Beyond Recognition”

Two civilians found dead on S. Korean island shelled by N. Korea

from Yonhap News Agency

Two civilians were found dead Wednesday on a front-line South Korean island devastated by a North Korean artillery attack, the first civilian deaths recorded from the bombing, the coast guard said.

Marines and police found the bodies at a construction site of a marine corps base on Yeonpyeong Island, the coast guard said.

The deceased were identified as Kim Chi-baek, 61, and Bae Bok-chul, 60, both of whom were contracted to build a residential building at the marine corps base, it said, adding that their bodies were burned beyond recognition.

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South Korean defense minister resigns

from CBC News

South Korea’s defense minister tendered his resignation Thursday, just two days after a North Korea artillery attack killed four people on the small island of Yeonpyeong.

Yim Tae-hee, the chief of staff of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, said the resignation of Kim Tae-young was accepted. A replacement was to be named Friday.

Kim was criticized following Tuesday’s attack by both government and opposition legislators, who demanded his resignation. They also called on military leaders to step down as well.

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Blocking Out the Sun: How the Neoliberals Crushed the Latest Chances for Peace in Korea

We may never know how close we were to peace on the Korean peninsula

by Scott Creighton

As is usually the case in international affairs involving those nations lovingly deemed “The Axis of Evil”, the people of this country (what used to be lovingly called the United States of America, back when we had an intact constitution) are not getting the full story when it comes to the recent hostilities between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). I will endeavor to do what I can to fill in some gaps.

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Korean Conundrum: Is There a Way Out?

Latest incident a provocation – but by whom?

by Justin Raimondo, AntiWar

Initial reports were unequivocal: those crazy North Koreans had once again broken the longstanding ceasefire and attacked the South, this time at Yeonpyeong Island, shelling civilian quarters, and killing two South Korean marines. A few hours later, however, a more nuanced story came out: it seems the South Koreans were conducting military “exercises” near the disputed island, which North Korea claims as its territory, and South Korean ships had opened fire, albeit – they claim – not in the direction of the North Korean mainland. The North Koreans responded by taking it up a few notches, as is their wont, and opening fire on Yeonpyeong.

Yet the headlines in the Western media belied such subtleties: “World Condemns Deadly N. Korean Artillery Attack,” blared CNN, while the War Street Journal declared “US Envoy: N. Korea Initiated Artillery Exchange With S. Korea,” and ABC News dutifully reported President Obama’s “outrage” over the attack. The smoke had barely cleared above Yeonpyeong before Western analysts were coming out with various “explanations” for what was characterized as a burst of unprovoked North Korean “aggression”:

 

  • The tenuous nature of the North Korean succession, which will install Kim Jong-il’s young son, Jim Jong Un, as the absolute ruler of the Hermit Kingdom.
  • North Korea’s “desperation” and the regime’s nature as an inveterate “aggressor,” according to the Huffington Post.
  • The influence of anonymous “military hard-liners,” who are eager to preserve their own power and maintain North Korea’s “military first” policy.

Yet a simpler explanation is readily apparent: the military exercises, code-named “Hoguk,” involving all four branches of the South Korean armed forces and some 70,000 troops, simulated an attack on North Korea, and were meant to provoke the North Koreans, who responded as might be expected. US troops were supposed to have participated in the exercises, but apparently the Americans thought better of it and pulled back at the last moment – perhaps because they knew a provocation was in the making. (These exercises, by the way, have been bad news for the South Koreans from the beginning, causing a series of accidents and killing six so far, not including the two marines killed on Yeonpyeong.)

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Video: South Korea Admits it Fired First Artillery Rounds that Provoked North Korean Response

by Scott Creighton

Russia Today is reporting that the South Koreans have admitted they fired artillery rounds into North Korean territory which has in fact started this entire conflict.

This is backed up by early reports from the Times and Business Insider (reported by this site as well earlier this morning)

The official North Korean news agency said in a brief statement Tuesday night that the South had started the fight when it “recklessly fired into our sea area.” New York Times

North Korea’s reason for going on the offensive seems to be anger over a military drill it said was “simulating an invasion of the North,” according to the NYT.The military drill, called Safeguarding The Nation, is a annual exercise involving 70,000 troops along with some American forces. Business Insider

As the truth of this whole thing starts to creep out, the TruCasters from propaganda companies like Burson-Marstellar are apparently working double-time to keep the gears of war moving toward regime change. Youtube and Reddit and other social media sites seem to be over-run with anti-North Korean propaganda, some of it subtle, some of it less so.

I don’t care who started what. There is no way in hell I would support DPRK. Even if the South Korean invaded and started a war with the North I would never support the North. The communist regime there is reason enough to denounce the DPRK. So screw this video segment that sympathizes with the DPRK. Communist Freaks.”  Youtube comment

Video:”Artillery Fire” (?) in South Korean Town on Yeonpyeong Island

by Scott Creighton

The volume on this is turned WAY UP.. so turn your speakers nearly off…

I have to wonder about this. This explosion doesn’t look like an artillery round going off. The explosion is almost latitudinal, horizontal, to the ground. Also, later in the video there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the steps where the round hit.

I also noticed that there is a smoke trail coming from the back of the round. Artillery is a projectile if I am not mistaken. It wouldn’t have smoke coming from the back of it like a rocket would.

 

[edit: Mar 13th 2011 - asked to use another video by creator of the one I had up. Apparently he doesn't like his videos used on a site that calls into question the official stories from the state department. So, here is a video of a strike of a slightly larger round a 155. Notice it also does not look like what we see in the video from South Korean island. This round actually detonates in the air just off the ground about 10 feet or so. Also note, no streamer.]

The following is a still taken from the first video so you can see what I mean about the horizontal explosion.

Now the following photos show the area just above the impact zone, the first without the streamer and the second with the streamer. It is clear even to the naked eye in the video when you watch it.

and now with the “streamer” of smoke that follows the “shell”

As you can see there is clearly a trail of smoke following the shell. Does an artillery shell do that? I don’t know.

North Korea Offers to Surrender Nuclear Fuel So Hillary Starts a War

(Developing story)

by Scott Creighton

Just last week, the North Koreans met with a contingent of US experts and offered to transfer ALL of their nuclear fuel rods to a third party country for enrichment… and today, war breaks out between North and South Korea.

I guess Hillary couldn’t bare to lose her pretext for regime change, so instead, there may actually be a war starting on the Korean peninsula.

What a coincidence, eh?

I wonder if this will turn out to be like the Georgian attack on South Ossetia, where everyone swore up and down that the Russians attacked first only to find out later that while the world was watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, Georgia attacked then played the victim when Russia retaliated.  Only time will tell.

The North Korean government told a team of visiting American experts last week that it would effectively dismantle one of its nuclear weapons programs if the United States again pledged that it had “no hostile intent” toward the government of Kim Jong Il, a member of the delegation said.

Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council, said North Korean officials told him and other visitors that the government in Pyongyang is willing to transfer all of its nuclear fuel rods, which can be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, to a third country. In exchange, North Korea wants to have the United States reiterate its commitment to a joint communique issued by the two countries in October 2007, which included a statement that the United States bears no ill will toward North Korea.

Obama administration officials have reacted coolly to the proposal, which comes amid a flurry of revelations about North Korea’s nuclear program and new threats from the government in Pyongyang.  Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/22/AR2010112206571.html

(links not working… again)

Of course they acted “coolly” to the proposal… what they want is regime change… what they want is yet another client state for their global new world order… what they want is control of their central bank… and what they want is a brand new free market that they can chop up and privatize at will.

North Korea has reportedly told the U.S. that it would be willing to effectively dismantle its nuclear weapons program if the U.S. agrees to pledge that it has “no hostile intent” toward the Pyongyang regime.

… He said North Korea told him that it would expect South Korea’s assistance in producing electricity if it does surrender its several thousand spent fuel rods. KBS News

( http://rki.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=77390 )

So, with time running out, the US warmongers take another tact.

North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday after dozens of shells fired from the North struck a South Korean island near the countries’ disputed maritime border, South Korean military officials said. Two South Korean soldiers were killed, 15 were wounded and three civilians were injured, said Kiyheon Kwon, an official at the Defense Ministry.  New York Times

( http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/world/asia/24korea.html?src=mv )

But just like South Ossetia, the story looks a little more complicated…

The official North Korean news agency said in a brief statement Tuesday night that the South had started the fight when it “recklessly fired into our sea area.” New York Times

( http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/world/asia/24korea.html?src=mv )

It also turns out that the U.S. was taking part in the war games that instigated the events.

North Korea’s reason for going on the offensive seems to be anger over a military drill it said was “simulating an invasion of the North,” according to the NYT.The military drill, called Safeguarding The Nation, is a annual exercise involving 70,000 troops along with some American forces. Business Insider

( http://www.businessinsider.com/why-north-korean-attacked-2010-11 )

So after all is said and done, after trying to use the deaths of the South Korean sailors on the Cheonan as pawns and after all the naval war games, in the end, right when the Obama administration was about to “win” and force the North Koreans to hand over their nuclear fuel rods, the South Koreans (no doubt under orders from Washington and with the apparent help of the US military) started lobbing rounds too close to the North Korean shores and we are now facing yet another war zone in the Global Free Market Wars.

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