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 Post subject: North Korea shells South Korean island
PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:08 am 
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South Korea's military is on its highest non-wartime alert level after North Korean troops fired dozens of rounds of artillery on to a populated island near disputed waters, reportedly injuring civilians and soldiers.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/no ... intcmp=239


Waking up to terrible news.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:17 am 
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It's all over my twitter feed. Latest news I heard from the Korean media: 200 shots fired, 4 military and 3 civilians injured.
There is definitely no panic in Seoul, no military movement (I live right by an army base), no orders from the Embassy or anything. Hoping the situation will die out.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:32 am 
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I was actually thinking of you, aelle! Hope things stay quiet for you. what a mess!


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I really despair of North Korea, it's like a dysfunctional relative, but a whole country. I don't even know how to fix it. How do you engage with a country that doesn't want to engage?

Aelle, glad things are ok so far.

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i was just listening to this on the car radio on my way back from the park this morning. Ridiculous. And casualties. I feel so incredibly sorry for everyone involved in both countries, with the possible exception of the Dear Leadership.

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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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Now I hear 2 sea men killed, about 20 people wounded and the North claims the South attacked first.

The ridiculous thing is that I feel that a lot, possibly a majority, of people would feel positively about a reunification here. Well, they are worried about the economical cost, but they feel that Koreans are still one people. Bah. Stupid history.


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I just heard about this on the radio. So scary and upsetting and stupid. aelle, stay safe and keep us updated please.

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But—considerable economic misery notwithstanding—wouldn't reunification be a good thing if it frees millions of North Koreans from the absurdity and horror of, well, North Korea?

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Waking up to terrible news.

Agreed. Not what I want to see during this already depressing time of year.

I heard that the South was doing drills and launching shells in what they consider South Korean waters and the North responded by shelling the island. Who knows for sure, though.

I'm kind of hoping that the dictatorship destroys itself from the inside out. Ya, know? I wouldn't mind if they were more like Cuba and less like Nazi forking Germany.

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Be safe, Aelle and Wally!!


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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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Bun wrote:
Be safe, Aelle and Wally!!


Wally's back in Holland this week, lucky mustard! He's defending his thesis on Friday.
But thanks for your concern nonetheless!


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i just heard on the news this AM that the US has just gotten involved and that there will now be massive swaggering andmy-dick-is-bigger-than-yours joint military maneuvers with South Korea as a response.

Edited to apologize for sounding flippant. Especially for those who are there- I was in Japan when North Korea was firing missiles over the Japan sea, and when one of their subs washed up in Niigata with all hands dead (they had committed suicide to avoid capture)-- it was scary.

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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:29 am 
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well, fork.


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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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aelle wrote:
Bun wrote:
Be safe, Aelle and Wally!!


Wally's back in Holland this week, lucky mustard! He's defending his thesis on Friday.
But thanks for your concern nonetheless!


In that case: GOOD LUCK, WALLY!


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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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I was actually thinking of you, aelle! Hope things stay quiet for you. what a mess!
I feel some what guilty that when ever I hear about north-south Korean problems, I worry about how it might influence Aelle and Wally.

I hope that things work out for the south and north. and for Aelle and Wally.


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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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Sarah Palin has weighed in and thinks we should support North Korea.
http://www.mediaite.com/uncategorized/s ... uth-korea/

Good luck Wally and Aelle!

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lindsayh wrote:
well, fork.


+1. I keep on thinking about what torque said, too.
(And, well, tofulish, too. Talk about tension!)

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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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Tofulish wrote:
Sarah Palin has weighed in and thinks we should support North Korea.
http://www.mediaite.com/uncategorized/s ... uth-korea/

Good luck Wally and Aelle!



Maybe she can see North Korea from her house.

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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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One of my friends is a South Korean marine studying here. He was maaaaaad yesterday, his Facebook status was all 'fork YOU NORTH KOREA'. As much as we joke that he could take down the North with his bare hands, I hope he doesn't have go to home and do scary marine-things.

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 Post subject: Re: North Korea shells South Korean island
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oh, for fork's sake.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/11 ... lobal-home


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