Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cheonan & Common Sense

Quotes from today's WSJ article, U.S. Vows Military Support for Seoul:

China's Foreign Ministry again sought to play a neutral role between the two Koreas. "We hope all parties will exercise restraint, remain cool-headed and appropriately handle issues concerned ...and prevent escalation of the event," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said. "We always believe that we should adopt a fair and objective perspective in dealing with international issues on the merits of the situation. That principle applies to the handling of the Cheonan incident."

Get that? China is "neutral" about their ally sinking a South Korean ship and killing 46 sailors.

"The Chinese recognize the gravity of the situation we face," Mrs. Clinton said. "The Chinese understand the reaction by the South Koreans, and they also understand our unique responsibility for the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."

The North torpedos a South Korean warship, and peace is the responsibility of the.... US. Keeping up?

Mrs. Clinton said the State Department is continuing to review whether to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. The Bush administration removed Pyongyang from its list in 2008, easing some economic sanctions, in a bid to underpin disarmament talks.

Let's recap. 46 South Korean sailors murdered. South Korea is a US ally. The US Secretary of State is "continuing to review" whether to list the communist nation as a sponsor of terrorism exactly two months after the attack. Are the remaining South Korean sailors terrorized?

Would it be considered 'moderate' of us to say we are 'continuing to review' the claim that Democrats are weak on security?

Another note: the WSJ reports the South is placing loud speakers along the DMZ to broadcast "propaganda". For non-communist entities, this propaganda is true information such as "We are eating three meals a day" and "We don't have concentration camps down here".

The WSJ reports that of all the penalties being discussed, the North has only reacted to the loud speakers. The North has ordered its troops to fire on the loud speakers if used. In other words, sanction us all you want, but don't tell our people that we are commie bed-wetting frauds.

UPDATE 2:30pm: Reuters reported an hour ago that the North has severed all ties with the South. The South will have to go elsewhere now to buy counterfeit currencies, pornography, conventional arms and missiles.

The article includes the text of the statement from the Worker's Paradise. Here is a taste:

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, accordingly, formally declares that from now on it will put into force the resolute measures to totally freeze the inter-Korean relations, totally abrogate the agreement on non-aggression between the north and the south and completely halt the inter-Korean cooperation.

It is time for the Obama Administration to take a hard, long look at the reasons why the North hates the West...

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