North Korea Bullies South Korea
Matt | On 28, Nov 2010
The staff here at Prune Juice Media (read: me) enjoyed the holiday break. But, damn, the international community almost fell apart during the absence! Sheesh…
If you haven’t heard by now, tensions on the Korean peninsula are at an all-time high. Last Monday, North Korea fired missiles at Yeonpyeong, a South Korean island, killing four people.
The tragedy sparked outrage and calls for retaliation from the South Korean people and its allies (namely the U.S.). Since the incident, the U.S. and South Korean warships have been practicing war exercises in the Yellow Sea, not far from where the incident occurred.
The two Koreas are still technically at war and have been since 1950. Only an armistice ended the main fighting from the Korean War in 1953. But, both Koreas are ready to jump on each other at any given moment. North Korea is very reclusive and poor, but they have a hellified military presence of over one million people.
For now, China is calling for a meeting of high-level leaders from North and South Korea, as well as Russia, United States, and Japan to meet in December to discuss the situation. The countries have already been attempting talks to get North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. Those talks broke down in 2009. Right now, the stability of Asia depends on level heads approaching this Korean situation.
Personally, I don’t think the United States needs to be caught up in anyone else’s conflict right about now. We can barely handle or afford the conflicts we have on our plate (i.e., pulling completely out of Iraq and ramping up with Afghanistan). But, South Korea is an ally and the North’s aggressive stance has to be addressed.
Hopefully, things calm down a bit and North Korea can sit their asses DOWN!