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North Korea and missiles
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Apparently, North Korea is getting a missile ready to launch... http://www.google.com/news?ncl=http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx%3Ftype%3DtopNews%26storyID%3D2006-06-20T153912Z_01_N20434315_RTRUKOC_0_US-KOREA-NORTH-USA.xml%26archived%3DFalse&hl=en

At last count, there were 2100 articles linked on Google News. Most are likely rehashes of the Rueters feed, one of the articles http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-06-20T153912Z_01_N20434315_RTRUKOC_0_US-KOREA-NORTH-USA.xml&archived=False

Not sure what to make of it. It is a sovereign country. They like to sabre rattle. Their last "missile" was actually a rocket and attempted (and failed) the dasterdly deed of putting their own satellite in orbit. If they want to launch a satellite, I say let them. I think they could better spend their money (but I think the same of the US and they way our government spends our money). And hey - I have played MOO and MOO2, and sometimes the people have to suck it up for a few years so you can get that battleship ready for the Antarens. But I digress.

As one pundit put it, they are not a threat and he believed we were over-reacting by putting our missile defense to "operational." He was subsequently pummeled and accused of being a tree-hugger. I happened to read that article (being the first link on google news for a few moments), so I am sure there are other pundits who are saying it is a completely valid reaction (or even not enough), and those people are being pummeled by people calling them war-hawks.

If I lived in Japan or Alaska (or West Coast) I might be more concerned, as that could actually reach me. However, I do not believe that North Korea really wants a war. They are so far down the Axis of Evil that I do not think that the DoD thinks about them that much. Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel v. Palestine. Plenty on our plates to worry about. North Korea also seems woefully ill-prepared for anything other than a grand show.

I am not one to believe everything I see, but every report and news article I have seen regarding the DPRK seems to indicate that its economy is in tatters and they can barely feed the populace. As it used to be a Communist country, I am sure some of the history is distorted by us and there is likely a bias in the news as well. Now it seems to be just a flat out dictatorship with a German-based civil system and "communist-like" economy (thank you CIA). I am not sure what that makes it in reality, but I know some political type people who can respond and let me know.

In the end, we can banter all we want, but I am not sure yet of what to make of it, and I need to wait and see what happens. If you are a journalist, you have to talk about it. If you are a politico, you need to at least appear to be doing something about it. I have the luxury of just having my opinion. I can wax philosophic and state that I believe it to be a Bad Move given the anxiety of the US right now, but maybe they just saw their Axis of Evil ratings slip, and they need a Poochie for an episode or two.

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Actually I respect the NK's.
I was stationed in South Korea in the early 70's so I probably have a warped perspective but they were very anti-Nixon (before it was really popular and they knew how to call a spade a spade. All of their big missles are called "Dong" and they used to have "Long Dog I & Long Dong II's" Let's call phallic, phallic what do we have now Jupiter, Pershing, Redstone and Minuteman?? Minuteman?!? Does that give the right impression to the international community?
I notice the US has a new translation for the NK missle names, guess we didn't want to go up against the country with the Long Dongs?

They are so far down the Axis of Evil that I do not thing that the DoD thinks about them that much. Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel v. Palestine. Plenty on our plates to worry about.

Well, you have to keep making people think there are serious threats out there so they can gleefully vote their rights away in the name of homeland "security."

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