The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “Despite RHETORIC from (the) North, South Koreans CARRY ON” (Web-site/URL:

“North Korea said it was cutting the last channel of communications with the South on Wednesday (March 27, 2013) because war could break out atANY moment”. Again, THERE ARE NO SPECIFICS

“U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel weighed in on the tension Thursday (March 28 2013), saying that the BELLIGERENT tone by North Korea has RATCHETED UP THE DANGER”. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT NORTH KOREA WANTS.

“Despite everything, South Koreans, for the most part, have a REMARKABLE ability to SHRUG OFF threats from the North” which, of course, is hard to do.

According to “one young Korean, who asked not to be identified”, “It’s like AN ANGRY DOG BARKING FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCEMe and my friends, WE REALLY DON’T THINK ABOUT IT THAT MUCH“. “But she conceded that her grandparents, who lived through the Korean War, have a family contingency plan“. “They tell us that IF there’s chaos in Seoul, we should all aim to meet at THE CENTRAL (?)  station every Wednesday at 4 o’clock”HUH? Don’t “central” areas get ATTACKED?

Finally, “Another young women, an employee of one of Korea’s big consumer electronics companies who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that of late she’d been receiving more calls from friends in THE STATES asking whether she’s okay”. ” ‘RELAX‘. I tell them. ‘WE’RE USED TO THIS’”. If this were really the casepeople WOULDN’T be “speaking on condition of anonymity”.

 So, AS EXPECTED, North Korea is RAISING THE ANTE (Web-site/URL:, but South Koreans “carry on”HOPING to maintain some sense of NORMALCY.

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