The United States is sending an entire aircraft carrier group to Korean waters after North Korea fired artillery shells at a South Korean island yesterday. I’m kind of angry because, frankly, I do enough pieces on North Korea on this site. There’s so much else in the world to aim my own unique proprietary blend of paranoia and nonsense at. Seriously, it’s a leper colony out there.

But noooooo, the Asian version of Ernst Stavro Blofeld can’t keep a lid on his military for five minutes. It’s still not entirely clear what provoked North Korea’s assault. Then again it’s not clear just what in god’s name is wrong with these people to begin with.

“The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that the United States believes the North’s attack was an isolated action and not part of a wider campaign by Pyongyang.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley also said the United States expects China to use its influence to get North Korea to cease its provocative behavior, saying Beijing could play a “pivotal” role in helping to calm the situation.” – MSNBC

It’s interesting because North Korea has a history of “isolated” incidents which are supposedly not part of any “wider campaign” going back decades. Here’s a few in case you’re unfamiliar with the country we’re still technically at war with. According to Wikipedia:

  April 1970: Three North Korean infiltrators were killed and five South Korean soldiers wounded at an encounter in Kumchon, Gyeonggi-do.[14]

  November 1974: The first of what would be a series of North Korean infiltration tunnels under the DMZ was discovered.

  March 1975: The second North Korean infiltration tunnel was discovered.

  June 1976: Three North Korean infiltrators and six South Korean soldiers were killed in the eastern sector south of the DMZ. Another six South Korean soldiers were injured.

  18 August 1976: The Axe Murder Incident resulted in the death of two U.S. soldiers and injuries to another four U.S. soldiers and five South Korean soldiers in a neutral zone of the Joint Security Area.

  October 1978: The third North Korean infiltration tunnel was discovered.

  October 1979: Three North Korean agents attempting to infiltrate the eastern sector of the DMZ were intercepted, killing one of the agents.

  March 1980: Three North Korean infiltrators were killed attempting to enter the south across the estuary of the Han River.

  March 1981: Three North Korean infiltrators spotted at Kumhwa, Gangwon-do, one was killed.

  July 1981: Three North Korean infiltrators were killed in the upper stream of Imjin River.

  May 1982: Two North Korean infiltrators were spotted on the east coast, one was killed.

  March 1990: The fourth North Korean infiltration tunnel was discovered, in what may be a total of 17 tunnels in all.

  May 1992: Three North Korean infiltrators dressed in South Korean uniforms were killed at Cheorwon, Gangwon-do. Three South Koreans were also wounded.

  October 1995: Two North Korean infiltrators were intercepted at Imjin River. One was killed, the other escaped.

  April 1996: Several hundred North Korean armed troops entered the Joint Security Area and elsewhere on three occasions in violation of the Korean armistice agreement.

  May 1996: Seven North Korean soldiers crossed the DMZ but withdrew when fired upon by South Korean troops.

  April 1997: Five North Korean soldiers cross the military demarcation line’s Cheorwon sector and fired at South Korean positions.

  July 1997: Fourteen North Korean soldiers crossed the military demarcation line, causing a 23-minute exchange of heavy gunfire.

  May 2006 – Two North Korean soldiers enter the DMZ and cross into South Korea. They return after South fires warning shots.

  October 2006 – South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean soldiers cross briefly into their side of the border.

Just this year a North Korean submarine is believed to have torpedoed a South Korean naval ship killing 46 sailors. And there has been weeks of mounting evidence that North Korea is preparing to conduct a third nuclear test.

And, for reasons which are not entirely clear, someone was running around with an axe back in 1976.

Semantics aside, when you’re sending soldiers across the border and firing rockets and torpedoes and artillery shells at your neighbor you’re at war. And, just in case we’ve all forgotten, we’re still technically at war with North Korea.

Apparently North Korea knows we’re still at war. So far they’re the only ones putting any effort into this conflict. We’d better start showing some interest before North Korea cheats on us and goes to war with someone else.



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