Once again, North Korea has committed an utterly unprovoked and utterly unjustifiable act of war against South Korea. They have launched a surprise artillery bombardment of a South Korean island, killing one (so far), injuring more, and destroying several buildings.
This comes literally barely two days after it was announced that the United States had discovered that North Korea was much further along in its development of weapons-grade material for nuclear weapons.
This in the same general area where North Korea torpedoed and sank a South Korean patrol boat last April.
These are blatant, open acts of war. These are attacks -- unprovoked, unannnounced, and utterly unjustified acts of aggression. And as shown before, simply clucking and waving of fingers at North Korea doesn't do a damned bit of good. South Korea went to the UN over the sinking of the Cheonan, and the UN strongly condemned the act -- without saying just who it was condemning. Instead, after a brief period of increased tensions, things went right back to the way they were.
Except, of course, for the 46 dead sailors of the Cheonan.
There's precisely one way to stop a bully -- that's to stand up for yourself and hit back. To do nothing (or, worse, to try to do "the right thing" and end up doing nothing) simply encourages the bully to push again.
It's time -- well past time -- for North Korea to suffer some unfortunate accidents, some unexpected tragedies, some unplanned setbacks as South Korea and her allies (that would be us) conduct some return moves of aggression that are "plausibly deniable." Perhaps some North Korean submarines will have some operational accidents and disappear at sea. Maybe some key facilities or bridges should suffer catastrophic failures. Maybe a rail line or four should develop unexpected structural issues.
Not that North Korea has very much infrastructure to begin with, but that just means that damage to what little they have will be even more significant.
The alternative is to allow them to continue their attacks unchecked until we have another full-blown shooting war on the Korean peninsula.
Oh, and someone needs to find Jimmy Carter and lock him up. But that's usually good advice in pretty much every circumstance.
South Korea is a major supplier of consumer goods to the United States. We'd best brace ourselves for some shortages in the near future -- which will not be good for the economy.
This is precisely what Hillary Clinton warned us about during the campaign -- the world crisis coming in the middle of the night. And I fear she was dead right at Obama's ability to handle the situation.
We are seriously in the kimchee this time, folks. And I am seriously worried that this is the time that we'll all see just how far over his head Obama is, and that he has no idea how to handle the situation.
Because this is not something that his teleprompter and Nobel Peace Prize will be of any help with.