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    First the sinking of the Cheonan...

    ...and now this: two SK marines killed as NK shells island base.

    To say nothing of the North's nuclear tests in 2006 and again last year.

    Is anyone here watching NK in any detail? I just can't see how any of this is in the North's strategic interest, I mean even China seems largely to have washed its hands of this sad, mad little state. The combination of medium-range missiles with apparently viable nuclear weapons (the test of 2009 seems to indicate a device with a yield of a few kT - enough to make a nasty mess of a small city) is obviously worrying to South Korea, but surely any belligerent activity of that sort with an ally and trading partner of the US would be essentially suicidal?
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    The GUardian is covering it as though it's the beginning of World War III, which is reassuring. (Very) Vague rumours that Kim Jong Il has died.

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    We need a South Park episode with Ahmedinejad and the new Kim swapping parts from their chemistry sets...

    Edit: the doom-harbinger-ing seems to come mainly from the people commenting on the Guardian's coverage (including someone called '2012TheEnd' ) rather than from its reporters. I can understand the paper's rolling updates, I mean this is a big story however you look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    Edit: the doom-harbinger-ing seems to come mainly from the people commenting on the Guardian's coverage (including someone called '2012TheEnd' )
    What's the next end-time after 2012? I'm hoping we get a bit of a rest after this, or are we just fated to repeat it every 12 years?

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    Two SK cilivilians killed in addition to the two marines.
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    This is mainly because Kim is about to die and North Koreans are starting to escape in a steady stream -- after decades of starvation and Nazi-style racial propaganda (about South Koreans!) and a few years of South Korean TV and Chinese pirate DVDs leaking inwards. Great -- except it's not, because Seoul, like Delhi, is vulnerable to annihilation.

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    Hi guys.

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    Jimmy Carter putting things into perspective:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...112305808.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by swears View Post
    Jimmy Carter putting things into perspective:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...112305808.html
    Possibly best not to send replies to this particular thread at 11.59

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
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    You mean, like a minute-to-midnight nuclear-doomsday thang?
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41078187

    North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan in a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an "unprecedented" threat to his country.
    Errrr am I missing something here or is Japan the one country in the world for which this particular threat is not exactly 'unprecedented'?
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    I'm living up in hokkaido at that moment, managed to sleep through the sirens and phone alerts.

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    Fucking hell, yesterday's test was about 100 kt!
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