23 November 2010

What the hell are the North Koreans playing at?

The North Koreans seem to like using brinkmanship to get their way but they may well be sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

It was no real shock to see that they had shelled an island under South Korean control. killing two soldiers and wounding nearly a score of others. Still their actions are incomprehensible to this blogger.

What the hell do they think they will achieve? Do they want war to engulf the peninsula? Perhaps Kim Jong il really wants to go out with a bang.

Utter madness!

14 comments:

Silent Hunter said...

Excellent point; I can't see how anyone benefits from a restarting of this war; even the Chinese.

jams o donnell said...

It will benefit absolutely nobody... I just can't get my head around them SH

Traveling Bells said...

Madness seems to accurately describe KJI...

jams o donnell said...

Maybe the people of the DPRK but in the long run

jams o donnell said...

Sheer insanity on his part!

Silent Hunter said...

It's not worth trying to understand the Kims; you'll just get a headache...

jams o donnell said...

Now that's true!

Francis Hunt said...

Generations of Kims seem to have lost all contact with reality but then so had Honecker and Ceausescu as well. People like this with atom bombs are frightening.

Come to think of it, even the elected Irish representatives show how power and privilege can alienate from reality. Ireland can be glad they didn't have the bomb ... not that they'd have used it, but they would surely have managed to break it!

James Higham said...

They do - they do want war, backed by China, against the U.S. They think this is the time to move.

jams o donnell said...

They certainly do scare Francis. Ah now lletting off an atom bomb in Ireland is a serious offence

Detonating an A bomb in Ireland carries a 12 month sentence and a 5000 Euro fine

se here:

http://thepoormouth.blogspot.com/2008/05/detonation-of-nuclear-weapon-to-carry.html

James I feel that they might just be in for a shock if they think that will happen!

Sean Jeating said...

It's not nice sitting on a powder-keg and others sitting at the end of the fuse, playing with their matches.

jams o donnell said...

Now that is true Sean!

susan said...

From what I've read in the Financial Times KimJong-il, who's known to suffer heart disease, hasn't appeared in public much since a probable stroke in 2008. His third son, Kim Jong-eun, at 28 has been rushed through the succession process with the help of powerful family members. The two recent attacks on South Korea have been a way for him to solidify his credentials. For the first time in its history, power in North Korea isn't in the hands of one person but the best way for the regime to stay in power is to keep the country on a permanent war footing.

They have nukes and are very paranoid so the Chinese probably aren't happy about the situation either.

Knatolee said...

THey are looking to get themselves nuked by the US...