North Korea claims it is planning to launch a communications satellite for "peaceful purposes." The nations most concerned with North Korean intentions, South Korea, Japan, and the United States, believe this is a cover for another test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. They have good reason for their suspicions: not only has North Korea violated it’s treaty commitments and developed atomic weapons (though the test was pathetic), it has also fired missiles "over the heads" of Japan and may even have aimed for the region around Hawaii.
Given that the possibility of a delusional hill bandit such as Kim Jong Il having both nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them is an unpleasant prospect at best, some American figures have suggested destroying North Korea’s missile test site. This is an action I once favored, but now oppose, because the possible North Korea response could devastate the South Korean capital, Seoul, with artillery fire. Japan, meanwhile, is considering deploying its own missile interceptor ships to the waters between the Home Islands and the Korean peninsula.
But, so far, the world’s reaction has been restrained, hoping that Kim will get bored or distracted by his country’s burgeoning cartoon industry (insert jokes as needed). Not yet, however, as Kim has decided the world still isn’t paying enough attention, and thus comes the predictable North Korean threat of war:
North Korea warned Monday that any move to intercept what it calls a satellite launch and what other countries suspect may be a missile test-firing would result in a counterstrike against the countries trying to stop it.
"We will retaliate (over) any act of intercepting our satellite for peaceful purposes with prompt counterstrikes by the most powerful military means," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted a spokesman of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army as saying.
If countries such as the United States, Japan or South Korea try to intercept the launch, the North Korean military will carry out "a just retaliatory strike operation not only against all the interceptor means involved but against the strongholds" of the countries, it said.
"Shooting our satellite for peaceful purposes will precisely mean a war," it added.
And war would mean the utter destruction of that prison camp he calls a country, an idea that I think even Kim understands.
This would be the perfect occasion for playing a YouTube clip of Kim singing "I’m so Ronery" in Team America: World Police, but it’s been pulled for copyright issues. (Killjoys. ) So, you’ll just have to make do with a picture of Dear Leader:
Ooops! Wrong "Dear Leader."
Let’s try that again…
(hat tip: Reader Lance)