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Posted: May 30, 2009 - 5:14pm

 sirdroseph wrote:

And the alternative is.........?
 

Let Japan go Nuclear, China will more than likely shut lil Kim down, one way or the other. The last thing China wants to see is a Japan with Nukes.

{#Cowboy}
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Posted: May 30, 2009 - 6:38am

 sirdroseph wrote:

And the alternative is.........?
 
Neutron bombs.  They were designed for just these kinds of occasions.  Its is unfortunate that the citizens of a nation should suffer as a direct result of its leadership.  But we have as a nation and have been attacked for that reason only.  So what makes NK different from us in that regard ?  The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, even if the few measures in the millions, versus the many which measures in the billions.  The time has come to shit or get off the pot.  Are we gonna call the shots or merely react to the actions of a crazy madman ?  Remember, when dealing with crazy, THERE ARE NO RULES !

Or we withdraw from the world stage, bring all our troops home, isolate ourselves and lock down our borders (like that's gonna happen).  And wait for the shit to come to us while the rest of the world goes crazy.  Fallout from an overseas nuclear war will kill us in the end regardless.  Waltzing Matilda, anyone ?

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Posted: May 30, 2009 - 6:19am

 kurtster wrote:

Yup.  Another test for our new prez, just as Biden had predicted.  Iran is providing assistance with missile technology and hanging around there in NK watching the tests and looking to buy warheads.  No big deal, business as usual.  China can deal with NK and Israel can deal with Iran.  We sure as hell are unable and unwilling.  We should take the European approach and just appease everyone.  Appeasement has a long record of success. 

From what I recall from last summer's winning election campaign, talking is the answer for everything.  Besides, what I've heard all my life is that "talk is cheap" and we are broke.  So be it.

 
And the alternative is.........?

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Posted: May 30, 2009 - 5:25am

 katzendogs wrote:
So. Is this on anyone's mind?

 
Yup.  Another test for our new prez, just as Biden had predicted.  Iran is providing assistance with missile technology and hanging around there in NK watching the tests and looking to buy warheads.  No big deal, business as usual.  China can deal with NK and Israel can deal with Iran.  We sure as hell are unable and unwilling.  We should take the European approach and just appease everyone.  Appeasement has a long record of success. 

From what I recall from last summer's winning election campaign, talking is the answer for everything.  Besides, what I've heard all my life is that "talk is cheap" and we are broke.  So be it.
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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 10:17pm

 JustineFromWyoming wrote:

It was on my mind this morning. I had 4 sessions of classes with teachers from Incheon scheduled today beginning at 6 am, teaching English. Two simply didn't attend. The third's session was all about today's funeral of former President Roh. It was estimated that over 500,000 attended the service. I watched a unedited clip from the LA Times site and saw many physical confrontations during the proceedings. Many are just devastated by this and it's not helped that the current S. Korean president is far more conservative and downright aggressive than President Roh was during his administration. My last session this morning was less than 5 minutes. My student was visibly upset and asked if we could talk another time. Of course I gave her my condolences and best wishes during this difficult time in her country.

Another of my students is secret service detail for the Blue House (S. Korea's home of their president). We talked 3 weeks ago and he mentioned at that time that he was upset that there was a scandal surfacing involving his former boss. I sure hope he schedules another session with me soon because I'm anxious to talk with him about the situation. 

Finally, one of my students, who has Kim Jung as part of his name, is a ringer for the whacko that's in Pyongyang. I think Kim Jong-il had a girlfriend in Incheon about 18 years ago... 

Holy crap! I just looked at the Wikipedia page and Kim Jong-il and I have the same birthday.  Gruesome family history.  Ewwwww... 

 
Mmm, brings us back to the turnips and radishes we were speaking of earlier.  Ya sure you couldn't get some kimchi going by the time we get back there in a month or so? Kimchi makes even Budweiser taste good.

(But you sure don't look Korean)

{#Hug}


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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 8:55pm

 katzendogs wrote:
So. Is this on anyone's mind?
 
It was on my mind this morning. I had 4 sessions of classes with teachers from Incheon scheduled today beginning at 6 am, teaching English. Two simply didn't attend. The third's session was all about today's funeral of former President Roh. It was estimated that over 500,000 attended the service. I watched a unedited clip from the LA Times site and saw many physical confrontations during the proceedings. Many are just devastated by this and it's not helped that the current S. Korean president is far more conservative and downright aggressive than President Roh was during his administration. My last session this morning was less than 5 minutes. My student was visibly upset and asked if we could talk another time. Of course I gave her my condolences and best wishes during this difficult time in her country.

Another of my students is secret service detail for the Blue House (S. Korea's home of their president). We talked 3 weeks ago and he mentioned at that time that he was upset that there was a scandal surfacing involving his former boss. I sure hope he schedules another session with me soon because I'm anxious to talk with him about the situation. 

Finally, one of my students, who has Kim Jung as part of his name, is a ringer for the whacko that's in Pyongyang. I think Kim Jong-il had a girlfriend in Incheon about 18 years ago... 

Holy crap! I just looked at the Wikipedia page and Kim Jong-il and I have the same birthday.  Gruesome family history.  Ewwwww... 
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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 8:51pm

 katzendogs wrote:

thars a key phrase.
 
Call Chuck Norris.

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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 8:08pm

 Monkeysdad wrote:


They're already a hungry nation in more than just food, they'd be hamstrung if China denied them all but the staples.
exo's salivating, I'm sure.

 
Sounds like a fun place to visit!

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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 7:44pm

 katzendogs wrote:

Yeah. But lil Kim's focus is on S.Korea and the US.
wonders if exo's reelin'
 

They're already a hungry nation in more than just food, they'd be hamstrung if China denied them all but the staples.


exo's salivating, I'm sure.
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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 7:33pm

 Monkeysdad wrote:


From what I can tell China supplies them 70-80% of everything, shut down all but the foodstuffs and their attention will be 'gotten'.

 
Yeah. But lil Kim's focus is on S.Korea and the US.
wonders if exo's reelin'

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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 7:14pm

 katzendogs wrote:

thars a key phrase.
 

From what I can tell China supplies them 70-80% of everything, shut down all but the foodstuffs and their attention will be 'gotten'.
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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 7:00pm

 Monkeysdad wrote:


eyup!
It's going to be interesting to see what transpires. It should be fairly easy to shut KJI down but...who's gonna do it?

 
thars a key phrase.

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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 6:56pm

 katzendogs wrote:
So. Is this on anyone's mind?

 

eyup!
It's going to be interesting to see what transpires. It should be fairly easy to shut KJI down but...who's gonna do it?
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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 6:53pm

katzendogs wrote:
So. Is this on anyone's mind?


trying NOT to think about it...

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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 6:42pm

 katzendogs wrote:
So. Is this on anyone's mind?

 
Yup, but filed under "Hello Mr Barack! Yoo-hoo! Here we are, over here!!"
 
See also: Iran, Israel and Pakistan &tc.

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Posted: May 29, 2009 - 5:55pm

So. Is this on anyone's mind?
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Posted: Oct 12, 2008 - 4:14pm

 Xeric wrote:
Yeah, well, me, too—but Kim Jong Il's definition of "reasonable" is, uhm, well, hell—do they even have that word in (North) Korean?
 
Yeah...well...that's pretty much my point.

If Kim is so obviously not capable of rational thought, then it's completely and totally up to us to be the voice of reason.

Given Kim's past shenanigans, it is just not reasonable or rational to say "OK, Kim has come to his senses, let's drop our guard right away" every time that Kim makes a promise.  This holds especially true after Kim has fooled us once already.

IMHO the reasonable thing to do is to take a "wait and see" attitude, and see if Kim can "stay on his meds" for more than a couple of weeks at a time, BEFORE giving N. Korea the Big Reward.


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Posted: Oct 11, 2008 - 7:57pm

 Servo wrote:

Not so awesome when you consider that N. Korea has already agreed to inspections, been removed from the terrorist state list, and then went back on its word and fired up its plutonium factory once again.

If we keep falling for this "bait and switch" tactic, N. Korea could produce a LOT of weapons grade plutonium while Loyal Bushies pat themselves on the back and declare "mission accomplished".

IMHO we should set realistic standards, and not offer instant gratification for a declaration from a nut-case foreign leader.  If they keep their word for a year, then we take them off the list.  Seems reasonable to me.

 
Yeah, well, me, too—but Kim Jong Il's definition of "reasonable" is, uhm, well, hell—do they even have that word in (North) Korean?

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Posted: Oct 11, 2008 - 7:38pm

 MusicIsMotion wrote:

U.S. removes N. Korea from terror list

AP: Decision made after North Korea agrees to allow nuke inspections
Awesome news...

 
Not so awesome when you consider that N. Korea has already agreed to inspections, been removed from the terrorist state list, and then went back on its word and fired up its plutonium factory once again.

If we keep falling for this "bait and switch" tactic, N. Korea could produce a LOT of weapons grade plutonium while Loyal Bushies pat themselves on the back and declare "mission accomplished".

IMHO we should set realistic standards, and not offer instant gratification for a declaration from a nut-case foreign leader.  If they keep their word for a year, then we take them off the list.  Seems reasonable to me.


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Posted: Oct 11, 2008 - 8:38am

U.S. removes N. Korea from terror list

AP: Decision made after North Korea agrees to allow nuke inspections
Awesome news.  It's said that things happen for a reason.  There may have been a time when a war caused the economy to thrive, but there's no money in it anymore.  If we see more good things like this happen in the wake of global economic disaster it will only serve to show how greed, anger and pride have shaped the way things were and show us a new path to more of how things should be.  Any less hope for it and any more cynicism will sentence us all to self destruction as a species.


 


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