North Korea Still Holds American Captive - Bomb Them?

  • Suetonius

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    Dec 01, 2013 7:29 AM GMT
    North Korean officials have coerced an 85 year old Korean War veteran (the 1950's) to confess to war crimes, apparently in a weird attempt to gain some leverage over the US. Yeah he was an idiot to travel to North Korea- (maybe he's losing it?)

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/30/merrill-newman-north-korea-american-confessed

    Their pretext is that they never signed a peace treaty, so they are still officially at war with the US. What's good for the goose is good for the gander - That a state of war still exists between North Korea and the US equally justifies the US taking action against them, in this case merely retaliatory.

    The North Koreans have thus provided the US with the perfect excuse for taking out their nuclear facilities, before they can obtain a functioning missile defense system, and before they start lobbing nuclear missiles at South Korea, Japan, or Alaska. If only anyone in the White House had the guts to take them on.


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    Dec 01, 2013 1:54 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    Their pretext is that they never signed a peace treaty, so they are still officially at war with the US. What's good for the goose is good for the gander - That a state of war still exists between North Korea and the US equally justifies the US taking action against them, in this case merely retaliatory.

    Correct, the Korean War has never officially ended. An armistice was declared, which is a truce, or pause in hostilities.

    But a peace treaty was never negotiated. So that technically the war could resume at any time.

    And the war isn't against just South Korea and the US. Due to a diplomatic blunder at the United Nations, the USSR failed to veto a UN Security Council resolution which authorized UN action against North Korea. That resolution remains in effect.

    Therefore, the United Nations is still technically involved in a "police action" against North Korea. Which is why the US for decades officially used the term "Korean Conflict" rather than "Korean War", since the US never declared war against North Korea directly, but rather was part of a UN police action.

    Which the US did lead, initially under General MacArthur as the UN Supreme Commander, but there was no US Congressional declaration of war against North Korea.

    So that I believe war against North Korea could hypothetically resume at any time, without further UN or US authorization. But the world political landscape has changed since the late 1940s, and such a prospect is not likely today as a practical matter.
  • Suetonius

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    Dec 01, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    failscarf saidAnd kill innocent North Korean citizens?

    Yeah - So? How many innocent Japanese or South Koreans are the North Koreans going to kill the next time they attack? The North Koreans periodically attack South Korea, and South Korean civilians are killed. Try moral suasion on them - they couldn't care less. Innocent civilians are inevitably killed in every military action - big wars or little skirmishes. You live near a military target, you're at great risk of being wiped out if there is ever any military action.