North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing one person, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South’s military went on top alert.
In what appeared to be one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korean troops fired back with cannon, the government convened in an underground war room and “multiple” air force jets scrambled.
The firing came after North Korea’s disclosure of an apparently operational uranium enrichment programme — a second potential way of building a nuclear bomb — which is causing serious alarm for the United States and its allies.
Some 50 shells landed on the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong near the tense Yellow Sea border, damaging dozens of houses and sending plumes of thick smoke into the air, YTN television reported.
Why is it that every time Barack Obama talks about disarming, the North Koreans get all uppity and flex their muscles. Last year, they tested a nuclear device right after the president delivered a disarmament speech in Europe. Now, on the heels of President Obama urging the Senate to ratify an arms treaty with Russia–calling it imperative for our national security–once again Kim Jong Il is making his presence known.
George W. Bush was maligned for deeming North Korea part of the “Axis of Evil.” But during his watch, this sort of thing never happened. President Obama, quite the opposite of President Bush, projects weakness and is in turn walked all over.
In the meantime, as all of this unfolds, please think of and pray for the 30,000 or so American troops situated in the thick of things on the Korean Peninsula.