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OP-ED: North Korea's Real Reason for Starting World War III: To Save Its 35,000 Sacred Statues

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The statues are considered sacred in the North, and any damage to them could deliver a huge psychological impact

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Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday March 29, 2013, 4:39 am
This would be very funny if it was not scary as well. They might be mad enough to go to war and even though they would not have an ice cream's chance in hell, there would be victims and damage on both sides.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Friday March 29, 2013, 5:11 am
Thanks Cal

Ben O (171)
Friday March 29, 2013, 5:12 am
The only thing I now for sure is that Kim Jong-Un is totally insane!

John B (185)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:47 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Dr Tim Stanley. This is really scary that they would go on high alert just to defend the “dignity” of the ruling Kim clan – including all the artwork that depicts them." Read and noted.

pam w (139)
Friday March 29, 2013, 11:34 am
Kim Jong-il is as childishly eager to play ''cowboy'' as George W. Bush to begin a war so he can smirk and mug and wave his arms around.

It's testosterone at its worst....guns in the hand of sophomoric imbeciles.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:16 pm
Kim Jong-Un should retire to the nearest Psch ward.ASAP. What a nightmare...thx Cal.

Billie C (2)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:20 pm
idiots like anybody wants their so called art of their dear leaders. if they insist on going to war that is when they will be ruined. i pitty the people that are so brain washed as to believe their so called leaders. their leaders want to commit country wide suicide. hopefully the leaders get taken out first.

Wilde Thange (10)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:22 pm
Why would the US not wan to settle the Korean War... why would we want to have bases right next to China or as close as we can and what better way than to keep them as paranoid as we can maybe even putting them on an axis of evils list and starting by attacking those on the list one by one.?

DORIS L (61)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:33 pm
Leaves me speechless.

Veronica C (22)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:38 pm

Gene J (290)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:44 pm
"The North Korean dissident website concludes that this is the real context for the threat to strike the US mainland with missiles: it’s terrified that Seoul is about to demolish some of its 35,000 statues of the Kims."

Well, unlike the Taliban which gleefully blew up its venerable statues, this edition of maniacs wants to keep theirs. One can scarcely think of a sillier reason to start a war than to protect statues of previous dictators. It really does make one wonder just what passes for thinking in that sad little hornet of a country.

Carla dummerauf (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:59 pm
Propaganda people... the same noise that was spewed that made US agree to attack Iraq and murder 100,000 civilians based on a few lies that are now confirmed... how stuped are you all going to be... how quick for all of you to stand up and spend money for more war games while you cant even take care of your own citizens!

Lin Penrose (92)
Friday March 29, 2013, 2:01 pm
Thanks Cal. A new aspect of human egos and idealisms, taken to dimensions that do border on the love of "self" and love of all things relating to Wars. We humans astound me in the ways of egos, mine included.

. (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 2:38 pm
This goes beyond the Communist mentality...I just put it into words.

Robert K (31)
Friday March 29, 2013, 3:36 pm
Seems like a good reason to unleash Delta Force, the Rangers and Seals on undercover statue destruction duty. ;o)

Birgit W (160)
Friday March 29, 2013, 4:07 pm
North Korea scares me. Their leader is as crazy as Hitler was!

Yvonne White (229)
Friday March 29, 2013, 5:36 pm
"It cannot deliver on its threat to wipe out California and its military posturing is about a) reminding the rest of the world that it exists and b) asserting political integrity at home." I figured the piggy dude had seen "the Mouse That Roared" & thought it was a way to get U.S. relief funding..North Korea really should Pretend it is NOT totally insane before China decides it's too unstable to be a buffer any more..;)

John D (47)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:06 pm
He's just another political whacko with a very large army...

lee e (114)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:10 pm
Makes me wonder how Saddam felt when W thundered his threats in the name of "bush" - oh well - the arrogance if dictators with minimal intelligence never ceases to amaze me, but also never ceases to terrorize me - these are the idiots - Nightmares are made of!

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:22 pm
Oh dear... Come on. Is this some whacko contribution designed to escalate, once again, antagonism towards a regime to prepare you for another unjustifiable war, or is it just another example of inventiveness from somebody intent on either hoaxing, or striving to brainwash those who don't think beyond the square?

Similar rhetoric was used prior to the entry into Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, STOP. THINK. Hopefully the N Koreans will do so too.

Carol H (229)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:38 pm
noted with concern, thanks Cal

Jason S (50)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:02 pm
Good posting, thanks

Colin R (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:26 am
Calm down folks!!! Look in the mirror andyou'll see a mini version of the US, UK et al. After all, if burning the US Flag (a piece of undistinguished cloth) is considered a crime, then a few statues of undistinguished individuals must be just as heinous. Or is it only white Christians who are allowed to defend their culture??

kim loan (3)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:55 am
Try this for a different perspective on why North Korea is getting uptight....

"Tensions run higher during joint US-South Korean military drills, such as the current exercise, Foal Eagle. Seoul and Washington say the drills are defensive, but Hoare (Dr James Hoare, the former British chargé d'affaires in Pyongyang) noted that they are also "big, and threatening" and that North Korea has always reacted to them.

Adam Cathcart, an expert on North Korea at Queen's University, Belfast, said: "North Korea was completely levelled by American power in 1950-53. They had no air cover whatsoever. That did profound things to society and their concept of American power"

And how about this one...

"Russia weighed in on the souring climate on Friday by criticizing war games around the Korean peninsula as a destabilizing factor that could lead to conflict.

In a veiled reference to the United States and South Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged all parties involved in the Korean standoff to refrain from muscle-flexing.

"We are alarmed that along with the adequate reaction from the UN Security Council and the collective reaction of the international community, unilateral action is being taken around North Korea that involves increased military activity,” he said"

So who is it that's really warmongering?

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:31 am
One CRAZY leader!

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:36 am
I am worried for South Korea.

paul m (93)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:00 am

Kim jong-un is inexperenced leader, yhe army will dictate and the people who haven't a brain cell amoungst
them will follow and treat their leaders as Gods.

Sheila D (28)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:30 am
If true, it's unfortunate Kim Jong-Un doesn't realize the best way to preserve and guarantee the safety of his "treasures" is to share them with the world. The best way to destroy them is to threaten to destroy those he is afraid of.

Kathryn Niell (112)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:17 am
I have been wondering what all the fuss is about. This article is reassuring in pointing out the true weakness of North Korea and the absurdity of their reasoning. Who in their right mind wants yet another senseless war?!

Larry Lawton (2)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:13 pm
I am far more concerned by the comments, here and on the original story, than by the story itself! Jingoism, racism, and war-mongering seem to outweigh common sense and compassion by a scary factor. I am sure the people who rule North Korea are evil, though I suspect many North Korean people are just victims. I am equally sure that the people who rule the US empire are evil, and many Americans (not to mention other subjects of the empire) are also victims. What scares me is that too many of the victims on all sides identify with the evil rulers.

It will be a miracle if human civilization survives with this kind of irrationality and self-destructive behavior on all sides, almost enough to make one believe in a deity! If human civilization survives...


Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:01 pm
Some of us need to take a deep breath and realize that North Korea simply does not have the capabilities to be involved in all out war. Kim Jong-Un is a little man with he hopes a big ego. Statues indeed!!
Thank you for the article Cal.

reft h (66)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:30 pm
I hope this isn't an April fools joke. It isn't April 1 yet.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
this has got to be in a separate chapter of Ripley's Believe It or Not. They need to sit down with the Taliban and figure out which statues the world does or does not need to have then arm wrestle to see who ends the world first.
Pigeons are probably anxiously waiting to see which statues will be left to poop on.

Winn A (179)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:37 pm

Joy Catalan (95)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 9:19 pm
statues?!to go into war?!!!...this is plain stupidity.


Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:53 pm
It appears that megalomania is genetically transferred.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:52 am
Wild Thang, for your information and that of others THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE KOREAN WAR. There was a United Nations Polices Action that the US Government agreed to join and fund but the USA has NEVER declared war on North Korea. You can not end a war that never existed. for decades the term Korean War has been used because it is easy and it maintains an urgent sense of patriotism to the Billions we spend in South Korea. The other thing that always pisses me off about this US Neocon sword rattling frenzy every time the US and SK hold training exercises that NK has always met with threats of war. NK is not now and never has been a serious threat to the USA and currently it is only a dog baking at the end of its leash. NK has one significant ally, China and China will not back NK up in war with SK or the US. The Chinese economy is dependent on the US, Japan, SK, et alia for its economic success and power. NK has become an ideological money pit that is less and less worth the trouble for China, lately every time NK goes before the UN for sanctions the less China protects them, this last time China actually helped draft stricter sanctions.

Shirley B (5)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:56 am
Correct Lloyd, It was never called a war. It was called a "police action". My older brother served in that one and I am old enough to remember it. TY Cal for the post.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 1:14 pm
Thanks, Cal.
LLOYD summed it up wonderfully. And Yvonne W. took the words out of my mouth. My ex was stationed in S. Korea back in the 70's, and I joined him there for nearly a year. The "Kim" at that time woke up every year on his birthday and threatened S. Korea, and the ROK Army went into full "alert" mode, imposing martial law for a time during the day....all the sirens would go off and everyone would have to get off the streets. Times haven't changed. And, it's true that the U.S. has various "war games" they "play" there during the year which have been standard for many decades. Please don't buy into any's useless.

Lloyd H (46)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:19 am
I get prickly about the so called Korean War as my mother is a veteran of both WWII and Korea.

Susanne R (235)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:15 pm
I'm totally confused... If North Korea were to launch a nuclear strike on the United States, wouldn't all their statues, artifacts, inhabitants, industries, etc. be annihilated by a retaliatory attack? I'm not seeing the logic behind their reasoning...

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:12 am
LLOYD H is correct. North Korea is a blustering paper tiger who cannot carry out its threats without its own total destruction. Like other tin pot dictators there is no end to the pointless ego driven blustering. Sadly millions continue to face starvation for petty dictators who continue to play in their pathetic sandboxes. Little new here in the passing decades of pointless rhetoric.

Klaus Peters (14)
Monday April 15, 2013, 2:29 am
I have no time for this stupidity, fullstop.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday April 15, 2013, 3:51 pm
Sick people, really

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday April 16, 2013, 12:16 am
Look at the recent history of dictatorships!! Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Stalin, GDR(and eastern Europe), Saddam!! Their statues were not only destroyed by the enemy, but eventually by their own people they dominated. North Korea will be no exception, the day will come when the people get hungry not only from shortage of food, but FREEDOM!!!!!!!
One can not dominate a dog with punishment or torture. But my dog is my best friend, because I treat him with respect!! Dogs need a leader, just like humans. Dogs will follow a bad master, but will eventually rebel and bite the master in the bum. So do humans. Do I need to say any more?
While I was typing this, our Rotti was lying next to me with his typical happy grumble. Dogs are so smart, he actually seems to sense what I am thinking here, good vibes off his best mate.
As for N.Korea, the dog will have his turn, the PEOPLE!!!!!. Just like you and me!
I have to finish now, our 18 months old Rottweiler told me so, he jumped onto my lap and I am having a face lift. He is seeking attention, he should have been a politicion!
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