Meanwhile, over on the Korean Peninsula, we have the ROK (South Korea) standing up to the DPRK (North Korea). This is a change in the way things have happened in the past and the bully (DPRK) is not taking kindly to it.
Today's focus is on a planned artillery drill from the island of Yeonpyeong. North Korea is promising dire consequences if this goes on. China and Russia have been counseling moderation and the avoidance of confrontation.
Here is the view from Night Watch.
I realize it is wrong for me to think this way, but if North Korea were to again shell Yeonpyeongdo, as they did on 23 November of this year, killing several South Koreans, I would like to see the US support South Korea by conducting an exercise using the USS PUEBLO (AGER-2) as a target ship, sending it to the bottom and allowing it to be decommissioned and stricken from roster. It is currently located in Wonsan Harbor, in North Korea. But, maybe there is some secret protocol that prevents such a thing.
But, that won't happen and North Korea will continue to try and bully the rest of the world into helping it meet its economic, including energy and food, requirements. And, we will continue to help them out, but given their government and its hermit kingdom approach, it will never get up on the step and speed forward. And the cycle will repeat until North Korea does something really stupid to get attention, or implodes, or our side does something really stupid in response to some provocation. Let us, as citizens, encourage our government not to overreact, like taking out the USS PUEBLO.
Regards — Cliff
10 months ago