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NK Seizes (Yet Another) SK Fishing Boat

From their fans at the Associated Press:

NKorea seizes SKorean fishing boat amid tension

By Kwang-tae Kim, Associated Press Writer
August 8, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean authorities seized a South Korean fishing boat and its crew Sunday in waters off the divided peninsula’s eastern coast, the South’s coast guard said amid heightened tensions over the sinking of a southern navy ship.

Four South Korean and three Chinese fishermen were questioned for an alleged violation of the North’s exclusive economic zone, South Korea’s coast guard said in a statement. It said the fishing boat was being taken toward the North Korea’s eastern port of Songjin.

A South Korean fisherman told South Korea via a satellite phone that his boat was being towed by a North Korean patrol, according to the coast guard.

The coast guard said it was not clear where exactly the 41-ton fishing boat was operating when it was seized. The boat departed South Korea’s southeastern port of Pohang on Aug. 1 and was scheduled to return home on September 10.

South Korea called on the North to quickly return the fishing boat and its crew. However, the prospect of their quick return is being complicated because of tension over the March sinking of a South Korean warship off the western coast blamed on North Korea…

It’s clear that North Korea wants war. They probably see it as the only way out of their economic bind.

That has often been the fate of dictatorships that try bizarre socialist experiments.  (Cf. Nazi Germany.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “NK Seizes (Yet Another) SK Fishing Boat”

  1. finebammer59 says:

    another jab at mr. ‘spine of steel”.

    kim jung ill is daring obama to do something.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    They probably see it as the only way out of their economic bind. That has often been the fate of dictatorships that try bizarre socialist experiments.

    On this I have to resort to the wisdom of the Star Trek writers.

    From Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country (As referencing the Klingon Empire)–

    James Kirk: They’re animals.

    Spock: Jim, there is an historic opportunity here

    Kirk: Don’t believe them! Don’t Trust them!

    Spock: They are dying

    Kirk: Let them die.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Rusty: Spock: “Only Nixon can go to China.” Or put another way, the Kinnison, Dangerfield Principle.


      (RB disclaimer – said youtube video clip is from the 1986 Movie Classic “Back to School.” Said clip is contains some “adult” language & is rated PG & may be unsuitable for children under 13 years of age, which is ironic being that liberals would give any 13 year old a condom & tell them not to tell their parents).

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Since North Korea is a proxy pit bull for powers unrevealed by our State Press, the better question is “who’s directing North Korea to stage events that can easily lead to the horror of the nuclear conflict we all fear?”

    Answer – the same people for whom Barack Hussein Obama is a hand puppet.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You (perhaps unwittingly) make an interesting point, GBJ:

      Suppose, after all is said and done, in some late-night KOOL Menthol-hazed room, the “brain-trust” of this regime sees the handwriting on the wall and notices that their viability has tanked. (This may well be just after the November elections) And they can see “no other course” but to start WW III. Of course, they have many willing dupes that they can push over the brink, like Iran, North Korea, etc. in order to make it appear that it wasn’t the US’s fault.

      I know, it’s a stretch, but since they take so much from FDR’s playbook, and they might also note how WWII played a part in getting that ass-for-a-hat re-elected twice, they may warp the whole logic-circuit and come to this conclusion.

      It won’t pull barry’s ass out of the fire, nor save many socialists in office, but they think it will and that’s all that matters. With the MSM covering for them, what could possibly go wrong?

    • tranquil.night says:

      North Korea was China’s playtoy with America. They’ve never been anything but a strategic tool to the ChiComs and I percieve that over the past year they’re a increasingly useless tool because of how isolated and completely economically impotent they are. I don’t suspect they are as much a threat as they seem anymore.

      Funding the Islamic Calliphate on the other hand is a much more profitable strategic venture for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, on top of the economic games they’re playing with our Treasuries and their currency.

      Shariah Islam has it all when it comes to a pawn force needed to fight the most advanced and powerful military and economic power in the world. Ruthless and effective no-rules tactics, a passive socio-economic and political strategy that amounts to using the freedom and tolerance of Western Civilization against itself to colonize and subvert. There’s also an active and aggressive strategy openly ideologically comitted to the destruction of the West and Israel.

      Rusty what I think you’re getting at is that the national focus and temperment can change instantly with each new development in the news cycle. We’re teetering on the edge with a ruling class that doesn’t have any problem taking us to the abyss to solidify their rule. Where does that honestly leave us..?

    • proreason says:

      “North Korea was China’s playtoy with America”


      for all of the SAT afficionados out there, pick one:

      a. North Korea is to China as Nancy Pelosi is to Barack Obamy
      b. North Korea is to China as Fannie Mae is to Barney Frank
      c. North Korea is to China as Hamas is to Iran
      d. North Korea is to China as ObamyCare is to liberals
      e. all of the above

    • tranquil.night says:

      You talk about Carter and how he was ultimately a Nationalist Liberal of the true believer variety. I didn’t know much about him but am not surprised to learn a bit of his patriotic history. Even with similar policies, I’ve never felt like there’s been a basis of comparing him with the Bamster. We now have someone who’s truly Post-American – actively cutting the engine of not just our advanced lifestyle but our international power, with the full support of the Democrat Party and a mature apparatus of propgandists and radical activists from the grassroots to high levels of judiciary and all levels inbetween.

      Our enemies are laughing at us while we destroy ourselves. They ultimately understand that Barack’s revolution has no lasting roots without eventual coersive force, and they’ve made a safe bet that he doesn’t have the cajones to finish the task. Instead, they’re taking this time to strategically advance, organize and proximize. When this country finally does get its head back on straight, a host of bullies will be ready to test us.

      Few things scare me more than the amount of financial influence we’ve conceded already in the form of debt. The odds aren’t good that China has solely benign economic intentions with our treasuries.

    • proreason says:

      One of the hardest things to get your arms around has been the foreign policy. Marxism….got it. Re-distribution….got it. Eliminating the middle class….got it. Reverse racism….got it. Punishing achievers….got it.

      But bowing down to foreign countries….what on earth is that all about? It’s just inconceivable to a real American.

      Yet the pattern now seems clear, and you summarized it here and elsewhere, tn…..”post Americanism”.

      The problem in understanding it has been that even the most sceptical of us have had a hard time grasping just how deeply this guy hates this country.

      But if you set Afganistan aside for a moment, it is impossible to find a single action by this regime regarding foreign policy that advances the interests of the US. Indeed, the actions all seem specifically designed to destroy the alliances and capabilities that we have worked a hundred years to develop.

      Afghanistan….I dunno. He may view it is something that deceives a percentage of his brain-dead base, or he may see it as a payoff to his financiers in Pakistan. I have a hard time believing he has stayed there to protect our country’s interests.

  4. proreason says:

    “That has often been the fate of dictatorships that try bizarre socialist experiments.

    often enough that it appears to be the standard.

    Less than 100 days until the election.

    The big one hasn’t happened yet.

    They are in much much deeper trouble than they were in Sept 7, 2008, which was the day before the rats came out of the woodwork to tank the US economy.

    A little spat with N. Korea could be just what the doctor ordered.

    In other news, Obamy is visiting Dallas tomorrow. Does it seem like a strange trip to anybody else? I hear it’s a fund-raising trip. There must be 50 cities in the country that would be more lucrative fund-raising venues.

  5. Swamp Thing says:

    (Cf. Barak Obama)

  6. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Impressment has lead us to war before.

  7. AcornsRNutz says:

    “South Korea called on the North to quickly return the fishing boat and its crew. However, the prospect of their quick return is being complicated because of tension over the March sinking of a South Korean warship off the western coast blamed on North Korea…”

    So let me get this straight. The shameless AP is going to make it sound like both the South and North governments are making the return of these poor saps more difficult? And this is supposedly because the NORTH blew up a S. Korean naval vessel? I fail to see how any delay in the return of these fishermen to their homes can possibly be attributed to anything the South has done.

    I guess the north being pissed that the south accused them of doing something (nevermind that they actually did it) makes it the souths fault that the north won’t return south korean citizens to their homes. Good Lord, you’d have to be a liberal to wrap your head around that!

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