By Wyatt Earp | November 10, 2009
This is fantastic, because just when we think we have enough scary crap going on in the world, North Korea comes in and poops on the kitchen table. Someone, somewhere, needs to come in and slap Kim Jong-Il on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper before there is a full-fledged shooting war in the Sea of Japan.
The North Korean navy took the worst of an exchange of fire in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea, just off of Incheon. South Korea sent one of Pyongyang’s ships back north in flames, while both sides blamed the other for the first naval battle in seven years between the two nations:
A badly damaged North Korean patrol ship retreated in flames Tuesday after a skirmish with a South Korean naval vessel along their disputed western coast, the first such clash in seven years, South Korean officials said.
North Korea’s military issued a statement blaming South Korea for the “grave armed provocation,” saying its ships crossed into North Korean territory.
South Korea reports it differently. They claim that the North’s ships crossed the 38th Parallel and refused to withdraw. When the South fired a warning shot, the North fired on Seoul’s ships, at which point both navies began exchanging fire. When one of the North’s ships burst into flames, they withdrew.
Either side could be telling the truth, but who benefits from an incursion into enemy territory? The South has tried offering appeasements aplenty in an effort to de-escalate tensions on the peninsula. They just announced a restart of badly-needed food shipments to Pyongyang, even after Kim Jong-Il’s latest rocket show off of the coast. (H/T – Hot Air)
Personally, I think the South would fare much better if they stopped thinking of the NorKs as brothers and started thinking of them as the enemy. Stop the food shipments, and see how long it takes for the country to fall. It should take about an hour.