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2009-05-28 -Lurid Crime Tales-
North Korea threatens war as it tears up 50-year armistice
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Posted by Old Patriot 2009-05-28 18:39|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [336085 views ]  Top

#1 I don't see how anyone could say we know where they are stored. North Korea is probably an underground honeycomb of tunnels. You can see where they went underground but they could be actually stored 10 miles away in any direction under a mile of bedrock.

What you can not do is allow the NorKs to attack first. Even if it takes you only a day to wipe out most of their artillery, they will rain death and destruction on some pretty major populated areas in the South during the course of that day.

In addition, North Korea has constructed over ten thousand (10,000) fortified and hardened artillery batteries which have the city of Seoul, South Korea within their range. These artillery batteries meet a second criteria for a U.S. nuclear first strike as they are "targets able to withstand non-nuclear attack," item (a) in the list above.

Seoul, South Korea is a city with a population of ten million civilians. If the North Korean artillery batteries were to open fire, at least one hundred thousand people in Seoul would be killed within a half hour.

North Korea has also developed a frightening array of Chemical and Biological weapons. If chemical weapons were loaded into artillery shells - which has been possible worldwide since World War ONE - the death toll in the City of Seoul would be staggering; literally millions dead within an hour or two.

From this article from Turner Radio Network.
Posted by crosspatch 2009-05-28 20:00||   2009-05-28 20:00|| Front Page Top

#2 I think the Iranian naval surge may be related to the North Korean atomic testing and the increased testiness of the Norks. Kim's bomb isn't for Nork use - it's for sale. The Iranians are coming to take possession - or protect the ship that is carrying it(them). The test was just the conclusion of the deal.
Posted by Rob06">Rob06  2009-05-28 20:21||   2009-05-28 20:21|| Front Page Top

#3 Annoying to be sure, but tell me again why the US should care whether or not NK "rains death" down on SK?

Aren't they the ones always protesting the US presence in their country?

I for one am pretty tired of being the worlds cop. I think a century with the Chinese as the worlds "police" would do the rest of the ingrates a bit of good.

Fortress America...
Posted by Vespasian Threremp1622 2009-05-28 21:02||   2009-05-28 21:02|| Front Page Top

#4 I doubt they have "10,000 batteries".

Seoul is more than 50km from the high ground north of Kaesong where the Norks could build cave positions for their artillery. Relatively few heavy long-range guns and multiple rocket launchers would be in range of Seoul proper. In the hundreds, not the thousands, these things are not cheap even if you pay workers in grass.

In the flat open terrain of the remainder of the border regions massed artillery would stick out.

I don't think they could "destroy Seoul", though they could cause many casualties, especially if they used gas.
Posted by buwaya 2009-05-28 22:19||   2009-05-28 22:19|| Front Page Top

#5 I just don't want US military or civilian deaths for either the fecklessness of the SK politicians or own weakass admin
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2009-05-28 22:30||   2009-05-28 22:30|| Front Page Top

#6 Unfortunately, it would be all too easy in my opinion for the Norks to control Seoul within half a day by bombing out the bridges which criss cross the the Han river through Seoul, effectively making it nearly impossible for the civilians to easily escape southward.

If they made the city into this chokepoint, deaths could be in the millions. The Seoul National Capital Area - which includes the major port city of Incheon and satellite towns in Gyeonggi-do, has 24.5 million inhabitants and is the world's second largest metropolitan area. All the Norks have to do is take out a few bridges, and millions upon millions will be waylaid long enough to be exterminated. Its a nightmare.
Posted by GirlThursday 2009-05-28 22:44||   2009-05-28 22:44|| Front Page Top

#7 "The Seoul National Capital Area - which includes the major port city of Incheon and satellite towns in Gyeonggi-do, has 24.5 million inhabitants[2] and is the world's second largest metropolitan area." - factoid by Wiki, I should add.
Posted by GirlThursday 2009-05-28 22:47||   2009-05-28 22:47|| Front Page Top

#8 I think if the Norks were to do something like that - where there may well be civilian casualties in the multi-millions we may well have to consider the use of tactical nukes to remove the artillery.

Which would you rather have? 100k dead soldiers or 10M+ dead civilians?

Hard decisions. Very hard.
Posted by CrazyFool 2009-05-28 23:07||   2009-05-28 23:07|| Front Page Top

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