This morning various news agencies are reporting a warlike provocation by the communist despotism known as North Korea. Apparently, the North Koreans launched an artillery bombardment of a South Korean island, without warning and with no justification. South Korean armed services went on high alert after returning fire.
In the family of nations, North Korea has long been viewed as a pariah, governed by political fanatics with hair-pin triggers. This event follows, by only a few months, an unprovoked North Korean sinking of a South Korean Navy ship with substantial loss of life. The North Koreans, or Norks as some call them, seem to be spoiling for a fight. South Korea and the US, however, have endured many of such provocations since the 1953 armistice in order to avoid war.
North Korea has been developing nuclear weapons for several years now and are selling their nuclear technology to other rogue states like Iran. It seems only a question of time before the Northern fanatics trigger a new war in Asia, one that could involve nuclear weapons. If they are going to do it, what better time for it than now, when a wimp is president of the United States?
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