Twice is Coincidence

Posted Sunday, November 28, 2010, at 11:35 AM
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  • Charles: Stop telling partial truths. That contrail off California coast was just from a jet.

    The headlines you claim were there but quieted after it was proven AND duplicated by commercial jets.

    The rogue attacks from North Korea are more likely military "coupes" due to waivering power from ill North Korean President and talk of it shifting to a "play boy" son who has been off at school in Switzerland with little experience. Several military leaders in power there feel that the shift to power needs to be to one who knows something, not to spoiled play boy son. Each one of those military leaders in N Korea think it should be them and want S Korea to recognize them for what they can/might do. If this happens it will discredit the leadership of the current president and any replacement he is thinking about.

    While these attacks are quite upsetting to all [My husband was in Seoul last week and flew out of Inchon quite near where that island was located where several civilians and military personnel were killed], the South Korean people and government are being very careful about their response. They don't want another war with their northern neighbor. Except for the few in power and the military, its citizens are poor and undernourished. They are also related to many in South Korea and when some do get through to S Korea, they are helped to integrate into their society. They know a war will kill loved ones on both sides of the border just as it did in our own civil war and would be a very sad thing to occur.

    This is a civil war but no war is an isolated one any longer. American and European business interests are there as well as many friendships.

    You talk as a bully with your us and them mentality. All China has to do is call in our loans to topple us. They can do it without a single bomb. Did you not listen to the news casts of the Summit a few weeks ago? China is playing the financial card already with regard to not adhering to any pollution controls. The pollution there is terrible but they are making money with their manufacturing methods and cheap labor. So far they have refused to play on a level playing field.

    While the situation in the Korean Peninsula IS tenuous, I don't believe your reasoning is credible.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 9:59 AM
  • It does seem incongruous China itself would want a shooting war with its best customer. Victory, certainly. War? Not so much.

    -- Posted by LifeObserver on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 4:02 PM
  • "Spoil a generation and you can conquer their offspring"

    -- Posted by Claycountian on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 7:19 PM
  • Let me offer a thought.

    Hitler repeatedly tested the Versailles Treaty allies before moving into Alsace and Loraine. The move into Alsace and Loraine was itself a test of the Versailles Treaty allies. After all, Alsace and Loraine were German territories seeded to France as war reparations. The invading force was told to retreat if significant resistance developed. Sick from the horrors of the World War, the allies allowed these transgressions pass. After all, even the Germans aren't immune to the horrors of war. The rest is history.

    In 1940 it was unimaginable that Japan would attack a U.S. possession even while they were rampaging across the Pacific.

    If you are a foreign government taking a calculated risk on an American response, will America retaliate with gunfire for an embarrassing display on their home turf? Will America go to war for the life of one pilot? For Israel, the answer is a definitive YES. If the American president is Ronald Reagan, it is a legitimate possibility. Today, the answer is a confirmed NO.

    Could it be that China is testing our likely response to future efforts to either persuade or force Taiwan's return? Perhaps China is contemplating other disquieting moves. Perhaps it is an attempt to put an exclamation point (Mafia style) on otherwise private conversations.

    Nothing on Earth is static. If a nation's influence is not growing, it is waning. With extraordinarily rare exceptions, the strong subjugate the weak. Every history book is a graveyard for deceased nations.

    As for me, I'll bet that human nature hasn't changed a wit since the days of the Old Testament. I'll bet that it only takes a generation or two for the lessons of history to have to be repeated.

    -- Posted by Charles Hear on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 11:05 PM
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