Andrew Bolt asks: Did Kim Jong-il kill three South Koreans just to make his son look like a general?
It looks like it (BTW, it’s four).
Here’s the article.
Analysts have been warning since September that North Korea would likely carry out an act of brinkmanship to boost the younger Kim’s standing, to mirror the iron rule of his father.
That said, the report can’t really be confirmed independently and could well be the further establishment of a pretext.
However, don’t be surprised if the NK media runs a few stories claiming the son ordered the “retaliation”.
In related news, South Korea’s president, under increasing pressure to have done more and to do something, has accepted the “resignation” of his defence chief.
There’s always gotta be a fall-guy.
Sorry, didn’t have time to include this before work. It’s about the pretext comment. You see, it’s not as clear cut a case with the Cheonan as it might seem.
There is some doubt in certain corners – and not just the ratbag socialist left brigade – on the official version of the Cheonan story. Take this investigation printed in Nautilus.
Flimsy pretexts, of course, aren’t a first. And the first casualty in war is the truth as we know. With the whole Korea debate at the moment, the waters have no doubt had a bit of mud thrown in by both sides.
So, and as in Iraq too, one has to ask: which place would I rather live? Whose system is the better one to live under? Saddam’s or America’s? Iran’s or Australia’s? South Korea’s or North Korea’s.
Of course, I’m merely an armchair expert, and who really knows the truth, but there is a case there that a pretext is being established to finally deal with North Korea once and for all.
Personally, the Nork regime is pretext enough. Just look up what Christopher Hitchens says about even a brief stay in countries like Saddam’s Iraq or the Kim’s Korea.
It’s a shame no one these days appears to have the skills Reagan did, however; a man who ended the cold war with a whimper.
Does China really believe the official SK/US line? If they don’t – and that is an if – it says a lot that they’ve kept quiet.
UPDATE 2 1/2
“North Korea Will Never Play Nice” by B. R. Myers.
In fact, as both its adversaries and supporters should realize, the North can never play nice. Just as our own economy-first governments must ensure growth to stay in power, a military-first regime must deliver a steady stream of victories or lose all reason to exist.
What Myers is talking about here is “Songun” which has overtaken “Juche” as the nation’s driving concept.
This is an inevitability for a totalitarian state.