ed note–the simple proof that the current hysteria over North Korea is nothing lies–once again, surprise, surprise–with Israel.
If this were TRULY a ‘crisis’ that were about to explode, involving full-blown war with the US, Israel would be screaming bloody murder over it, as
(1) it would take the Jewish state’s screeching over Iran’s nuclear program off the front pages,
(2) any commitment of American troops, hardware, resources, etc, towards war with North Korea would be troops, hardware, resources, etc not available for use against Iran, as Israel is demanding.
The fact that all this Korea noise took place just prior to the recent nuclear meeting involving the P5+1 indicates that once again the JMSM is whipping up fear over ‘rogue states’ possessing nuclear weapons, indeed a point that Netanyahu has made over the course of the last week in pointing to Korea and saying ‘SEE??? SEE WHAT WE MEAN??? IF IT’S THIS BAD WITH KOREA, THINK HOW BAD IT WILL BE WITH IRAN’
While North Korea’s rhetoric is routinely over-the-top, the propagandists of the ruling Korean Workers Party have really outdone themselves this time. Declaring that the North is now in “a state of war” with the South, they have produced a videosupposedly depicting their plan of attack completewith special effects and appallingly bad graphics – and are even threatening to attack the continental United States!
This last threat is nonsense, of course, since even their medium-range missiles routinely crash and burn: and a recent photograph showing Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sitting at a pretty retro-looking computer console resembled something out of the 1950s. Indeed, the photo provoked a Twitter comment from the Wall Street Journal‘s Tom Gara: “North Korea appears to have crossed a dangerous threshold and developed a fully-functioning calculator.”
In Seoul, they are so used to North Korean bellicosity that the response was practically soporific. A South China Post story headlined “Seoul Shrugs Off War Rhetoric from North Korea” reported:
“In Seoul, the Unification Ministry insisted the war threat was ‘not really new.’ The Defense Ministry vowed to ‘retaliate thoroughly’ to any provocation. The United States said it took the announcement seriously, but noted it followed a familiar pattern.”
A familiar pattern indeed: endless bombast, followed by … nothing of mu