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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:35 am    Post subject: N. Korea Reply with quote

Are we going to bomb them yet or are we going to let them get away with more nonsense? Do we care about imprisoned reporters?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: N. Korea Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
Are we going to bomb them yet...?


Nnnnnn...no.

mchicken wrote:
Do we care about imprisoned reporters?


Not enough to start a war. And certainly not enough to start a war with North Korea.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one is scared of North Korea except for South Korea.

You don't need to start a war in order to fuck shit up. We can have another revolution gone wrong can't we?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
No one is scared of North Korea except for South Korea.


I don't believe that for a second.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kallie wrote:
mchicken wrote:
No one is scared of North Korea except for South Korea.


I don't believe that for a second.


Why, are you scared of North Korea?

Kim Jong-il is practically a teddy bear.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
Kim Jong-il is practically a teddy bear.


... if that teddy bear was a fucking monster.

Seriously though, we can't afford another huge military engagement either economically or politically and that's all there is to it. Until North Korea actually nukes South Korea, we aren't doing shit to them except sending strongly worded letters (because they don't have email in N. Korea).
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that. I just wanted to know if we care about reporters being jailed for 12 years. I'm assuming we'd just whine about it and "work" to get them back through "diplomatic means?"

Personally I don't care. They shouldn't have been that stupid.

Also, didn't Hank want to go to North Korea? Where is that kid? Weigh in!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also, didn't Hank want to go to North Korea? Where is that kid? Weigh in!


Why would anyone, including North Koreans, dress like that?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He claimed it was just fine and very safe for Americans, which I thought was very funny then and now think is even more funny.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I highly doubt they'll serve the full 12 years, most likely because NK will use these reporters as a bargaining chip to get us off their backs.

That said, I'm probably going to Asia these next to summers, and one of these trips I hope to make a (legal) NK run. The sooner the better, imo, because I want to do it while Jong-il is still alive and kickin'
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a bad idea.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
He claimed it was just fine and very safe for Americans, which I thought was very funny then and now think is even more funny.



It really is if you do it legally. Especially for non-Asian Americans and non-Reporters.

Some things I've found of interest:

1) By all reports from Asia not coming from NK, they didn't even cross the border, the NK army just crossed and grabbed them.

2) One of the reporters who was kidnapped, Laura Ling, is the younger sister of Lisa Ling. On Lisa Ling's National Geographic bio page, it says the following:

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...Lisa is fearless in the field. She has gone undercover in North Korea to glimpse life inside the oppressive regime of Kim Jong Il...


3) NK has kidnapped ~500 South Koreans and nobody knows how many Japanese since armistice that "ended" the Korean War. Japan acknowledges 16, NK 13, other places claim anywhere up to 80.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one (in America) cares about kidnapped Japanese people or South Koreans, though. If they were Russians, Russia would just gas North Korea rather than pay any demands.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To borrow a line from EQ: North Korea looks at you threateningly - what would you like your tombstone to say?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you saying North Korea cons red?
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