The title of a recently released Fox News article is “N. Korea threats raise concern Kim BACKING regime INTO (a) CORNER” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/29/north-korea-orders-rocket-prep-b2-drill/).
“With the threats billowing out of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s regime at an unusually rapid clip, concern is mounting that the young leader could be COULD BE BACKING HIMSELF INTO A CORNER – FEELING COMPELLED TO DO SOMETHING OR LOSE FACE“. Of course, as we know, “(losing) face” is a HUGE deal in many ASIAN cultures.
“Shortly after midnight local time, North Korean STATE television reported that Kim signed orders to put the nation’s rockets on combat-ready status. In a photo released on state-run media, a chart titled “U.S. mainland STRIKE PLAN” could be seen and a map showed missiles arcing into Hawaii, Washington (DC?), Los Angeles and Austin, Texas”. This COULD BE significant because this is the first time some SPECIFIC places are being mentioned. And the places being mentioned are either BIG CITIES (Los Angeles & Washington DC) or RESORTS/VACATION SPOTS (Hawaii). On top of this, again, of course, “STATE TV” only spits out GOVERNMENT-APPROVED PROPAGANDA.
According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, “The North Koreans seem to be headed in a DIFFERENT direction here. So we will UNEQUIVOCALLY DEFEND and we are UNEQUIVOCALLY COMMITTED to that alliance with South Korea, as well as our other allies in that region of the world (the ASIA-PACIFIC region). And WE WILL BE PREPARED — WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED to deal with ANY eventuality there (on THE KOREAN PENINSULA and in the ASIA-PACIFIC region in general)”. This sounds DIRE.
“Kim warned Friday (March 29, 2013) he is preparing to “SETTLE ACCOUNTS WITH the U.S.” after the U.S. deployed B-2 stealth bombers to South Korea to participate in a training exercise Thursday (March 28, 2013)”. Of course, Kim Jong-un will “settle accounts with the US” BY FORCE/via the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) “Men and women, many of them in olive drab uniforms, stood in arrow-straight lines, FISTS RAISED as they chanted, “DEATH to the U.S. IMPERIALISTS“. Placards in the plaza bore harsh words for South Korea as well, including “Let’s RIP THE PUPPET TRAITORS TO DEATH!” This is about NORTH KOREA and NOT about any other countries. NORTH KOREANS are KIM JONG-UN‘s “puppets” because they do whatever he asks or DEMANDS them to do because THEY HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). On top of this, North Koreans are only “(raising their) fists” because KIM JONG-UN is FORCING THEM TO (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, “in a note for Foreign Policy Magazine“, analysts Victor Cha and David Kang wrote: “The North can fire 500,000 rounds of artillery on Seoul in the first HOUR of a conflict“. THIS IS SCARY. “They also note that North Korea has a history of TESTING new South Korean leaders; President Park Geun-hye took office late last month (February, 2012). “Since 1992, the North has WELCOMED (?) these five new leaders by DISTURBING THE PEACE“. “disturbing the peace” by MAKING THREATS is NORTH KOREA‘s way of “welcoming” South Korean leaders. Since 1992, South Korea has had the following leaders: Roh Tae-woo, Kim Young-sam, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-Hyun, Lee Myung-bak before the incumbent: Park Geun-hye.
So we have to wonder: is North Korea zeroing in on THE UNITED STATES or SOUTH KOREA? THE WHOLE WORLD SEEMS TO BE ON EDGE RIGHT NOW.