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Friday, April 12, 2013

"A Little of our History with North Korea"

Things don’t look so good now in North Korea. They have been a thorn in the side of the United States for a long time. So much so we have troops there on the 38th parallel. Someone said 60,000 strong. I could be wrong. Let me refresh your memory. We, the United States fought a conflict there in 1950 where 52,000 U.S. troops were killed and 670,000 were wounded. There was a big debate on whether to call it a war or a conflict. You be the judge. It was a political decision on what to call it because at the time when the Politician's, "did listen occasionally" to what the people wanted. The people of this country did not want war and didn’t want to go there. So at first our so-called leaders called it a conflict and said we were just going to help them a little. There was a lot of finger pointing and denial on why we were there in the first place. During this war/conflict, there were huge issues where the North Korean Army killed our prisoners of war. Prisoners of conflict? When and if they captured them they tied their wrists behind their backs with bailing wire and shot them in the head..There were black and white pictures showing this brutality. The so-called peace talks (negotiations) went on for months and ended when they made the 38th parallel. Not sure if we paid them money but we usually do. Years later, in 1968 the North Koreans captured a spy ship that was close to the North Korean coast. It was called the U.S.S. Pueblo. That incident almost put us on the brink of another war with them. They still have this ship and use it as a tourist attraction. I looked for it in North Korea on Google earth and found it. Its still there. The ship in the picture above is the Pueblo parked on the river. Commander Lloyd M. Bucher was in command at the time it was captured in North Korean waters. We negotiated for a long time to get the ships crew back. The Commander died in 1968. We don’t need a war with the North Koreans but I guess we have a commitment to protect South Korea. I don’t know the details. I started hearing rumblings from that corner of the world about a year ago, thinking we had better be careful. These folks talk Nuclear like they talk about rice. What's happening now could be the start of something really big and I don’t like what they are not saying. This administration better not screw this up. I’m sort of glad George isn’t in the White House because he would be looking for weapons of mass destruction and finding them this time…..    The picture above is the U.S.S. Pueblo tied on the shore of the Pyongyang river. It is the only U.S. ship that is being held captive.   The link below is the History..


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