Provoking Thought

Both before and after Kim Jong-il’s death, both the United States and ROK have been making a big deal about standing up to North Korean “provocations.”   They’re referring, of course, to the “unprovoked” artillery barrages, atomic weapons tests, and ballistic missile launches that DPRK has staged in the past few years.   The US/ROK alliance now appears to be concerned that Kim Jong-eun will foment external crisis in order to reinforce internal stability of the DPRK regime, and the bourgeois Western imperialists are attempting to signal their firm resolve to oppose such revanchist adventurism.

Lunghu believes that such US/ROK fears are mistaken, because the PRC has sternly counseled the Kim clique (in a brotherly socialist fashion) that war-mongering in North Asia during 2012 will merely play into the hands of militarist political factions in the US and South Korea.  Neither China nor North Korea wants to see a Republican president in the United States or a GNP president in South Korea next year:  stirring up trouble along the DMZ right now would be the strategic equivalent of giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

On the other hand, as we approach the Sino-Korean New Year, it seems as though South Korea is engaging in some provocation of its own.  Item One:  Dear Leader Kim Jong-il is no longer around to pose for photo ops during his tours of industrial facilities in North Korea, so what does the ROK Army do?  It has the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Jung Seung-jo, inspect one of South Korea’s nuclear power plants just before heading off to Washington DC for consultations.  Does this picture remind you of anything?

Item Two: North Korea’s rice harvest was devastated by heavy flooding in 2011, and the nation is desperately seeking humanitarian food aid to avoid mass starvation this winter.  What do South Korean farmers do in Gyeonggi Province?  They stage a press conference to demonstrate the first rice-planting of the season —in January … in Icheon greenhouses.  Harvest of this crop is expected in early June —when the far North of the DPRK will have barely planted their fields.  Way to rub it in, guys!

President Lee was unable to attend.

Hey! Is that a Daedong Duo60 transplanter in the background? Yup.

Give peace a chance in the Year of the Water Dragon:  please stop the taunting.

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