Open Thread: Korean Fighting (Updated with Video) (Update: S.K. Leader Threatens Enormous Retaliation)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Update: Ace has video, here.
Update (II): Via Hot Air, we learn the South Korean President is saying that if his country is provoked there will be “enormous retaliation.”
I really don’t have a lot to say about this story, but I did find this article in the AP/NYT a little strange. The headline says “North Korea Reportedly Fires Artillery Near South[.]” So that headline suggests 1) we are not sure the shots were fired, and 2) they were not shot into South Korea territory. And then the very first paragraph completely contradicts this:
North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, military officials said, setting buildings on fire and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets.
So according to this paragraph, the shots were definitely fired, and in fact did land in South Korean territory. But to be fair, this might be a “breaking story” and they are justified in changing it on the fly, and thus perhaps the headline is an artifact of an earlier version.
Mind you, the story actually has to be breaking news to justify changing it without issuing a correction. So that time they changed the article on the Coons/O’Donnell debate without issuing a correction doesn’t count. They owed us a correction. But my sense is that this story better qualifies as breaking news.
Anyway, I don’t have a great insight into what is happening beyond that, so I figured I would create an open thread. Let us know what you think of it all, and if you learn of any breaking developments.
I will note that Glenn Reynolds writes this: “If they start anything, I say nuke ‘em. And not with just a few bombs. They’ve caused enough trouble — and it would be a useful lesson for Iran, too. We can’t afford another Korean war, but hey, we’re already dismantling warheads. . . .”
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]