Like the BBC’s Lucy Williamson, the NYT man in Seoul Choe Sang hun in his article ‘North Korea threatens South with military action’ [24 April 2012] omits a salient fact: Lee Myung bak’s regime launch over the weekend of the launch Hoonmoo medium range rocket capable of reaching Pyongyang, northern China, and Russia’s Far East.
The successful deployment met with applause from the US; the Obama administration’s fulsome praise is a hypocritical turn in its studied public relations effort to stigmatise North Korea’s satellite launch during Kim Il Sung’s 100 birthday celebrations as a military exercise.
The Kim Jung eun government has every right to raise a ruckus over South Korea’s bellicose actions. They are provocative, yet very much in line with Lee’s aggressive anti North policy since he took office in 2008.
The ROK president fancies himself as the slayer of the North Korean dragon and his vanity pushes him to the point of pipe dreams of ‘re unifier of a divided Korean peninsula. [As a professed Christian, Lee should take to heart the biblical injunction of vanity! It leads to one’s own fall.]
We wonder when the main street Western media will do a thorough bit of investigative reporting on Lee Myung bak’s forward policy of toppling North Korea. As GuamDiary commented, Lee’s actions in November 2010 almost precipitated the reopening of a frozen Korean War, during joint naval exercises with live fire with the US.
For its part, the Obama administration’s tack of rolling back the North has given the lead role in pushing the DPRK to the edge of destruction. In other words, this is another example of America outsourcing its policy to another country; as such, it exercises little control short of spinning diplomatic and military wheels in extremis to avoid war in the Korean peninsula.