North Korea Bombs South Korea: For What?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

North Korea has reportedly fired 200 rounds of artillery shells at a military base on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong in the Yellow Sea. South Korea apparently returned fire, (North Korea says they fired first), scrambled fighter jets and declared an emergency in the country. Two South Korean soldiers are dead, 15 injured, and the some 1,600 residents of the island are either fleeing or heading into local bomb shelters. Some analysts have suggested the reported North Korean attack is an attempt at gaining a strategic foothold in demanding more aid, while people in South Korea are wondering if it's the beginning of long-anticipated war.   

We're joined by Brian Myers, researcher of North Korean ideology and propaganda at Dongseo University in Pusan, South Korea. 


Brian Myers

Comments [36]

Tianna spivey from rochester,NY

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Jun. 04 2013 09:45 AM
Tianna spivey from rochester,NY

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Jun. 04 2013 09:45 AM
Tianna spivey

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Jun. 04 2013 09:44 AM
Tianna spivey

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Jun. 04 2013 09:44 AM
Tianna spivey

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Jun. 04 2013 09:44 AM

Alicia and Someone: Remember that North Korea is a communist country and a fear society. The people there cannot speak up against their government and are intimidated into compliance. So don't hold the actions of an oppressive and dictatorial government against its oppressed people. What North Korea needs is freedom, not to be wiped out.

Jan. 05 2011 01:16 AM

iwish yu get wiped out bitch

Jan. 04 2011 12:19 PM

i wish north korea would get wiped out

Dec. 04 2010 06:27 AM
Rosa in MI from MI

It's so sad thing. I could't take any side, cause attacking South Korea is such a stupid.. but I guess North Korea want to make the other worlds pay attention to them..

Dec. 03 2010 01:56 PM
lucina segars

I STILL DONT FULL UNDERSTAND WHY NORTH KOREA BOMBED SOUTH KOREA ?!?!?But I heard it was because the north wanted the south to be together with them on one single communist government.

Dec. 01 2010 10:20 PM
Carolyn from michagen

none of u r staying on topic

Nov. 29 2010 01:56 PM
vincentwatson from canada

Kim Jong Mentally Il needs to be punched out
for his behaviourm and the the sanctions
must continue.

Nov. 28 2010 01:53 AM
Hargitt from Camp Hovey, South Korea

As a US soldier stationed in south korea at camp hovey it is my duty to help protect and defend the people of South Korea along with the ROK Army(Republic Of Korea). I am a 19Delta Calvary scout trained for war sand if it comes down to it i know i am ready. I will alway place the mission First, I will never except defeat, i will never quit, i will never leave a fallin comrad. these are the warrior ethos, a gide line for all us troops. so if word comes down the chain that war is in our myst, i will be ready to fight tonight.

-scouts out

Nov. 26 2010 02:21 PM
paul j

Freedom is under atack now and always will be as long as there is communist around so be prepared to defend it Iam

Nov. 25 2010 03:13 PM

nk are animals they killed hundreds in the plane bombing more in the ship sinking the hacking with axes of the us and s korean guys who went to negotiate flooding the river with the dam and killing many s koreans capturing of the reporters and now this!!!

Nov. 25 2010 01:18 AM
Sam from Australia

The North Koreans cant get away with doing this..

Someone needs to stand up the the bully and smack him in the mouth...

Save the millions of repressed starving and abused people that suffer under this regime.

Nov. 24 2010 07:22 AM
Curtis from okc

"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time." Albert Pike's vision - August 15, 1871

Nov. 24 2010 06:36 AM
Noah from Australia

War in Korea is US matter.
Not only does US have military forces in South Korea, where the whole purpose is to aid Korea if war breaks. Otherwise why would S.Koreans bother with having a foreign military in their own land?

S Korea has always helped US in wars, including war in Vietnam, Afg. and Iraq. Dont have the stats but they sent one of the biggest troops.
So US will ofcourse help the South if war breaks.

In saying that, I support peace over war. I hope theres no war.

Nov. 24 2010 01:41 AM

FYI people saying this is not our fight the USAF has 2 Air Bases in Korea so American soldiers in a country that is getting bombed whether of shore on a little island or next door is our business.

Nov. 24 2010 12:45 AM

well i think the u.s. should stay out of it ...unless we are deperatly asked to help them is not our fight so why do we need to send our soldiers to get killed?? we need to stay out of it and be neutral

Nov. 23 2010 10:36 PM
serious from S.K.

South Koreans are weak, and they clearly had no respect since 6.25
why is president Obama raged about this??...
The U.S. military has to help out S.K., because if they dont, south korea is going to lose and eventually be forced to be a communist country...

Nov. 23 2010 06:47 PM

giggity giggity giggity giggity gooo i think this is sad

Nov. 23 2010 05:50 PM
kirsty from Cardiff

During the Gulf war, the Americans or British did not 'fail' to capture Saddam Heussain, they did not bother to find him. Later on, when they illegally took our troops to war and made us hated by many other countries around the world, they used Saddam Heussain as propoganda for liberating Iraq. The real reason is for oil, not humanatrian reasons. If our countries were concerned about humantarian plights, they would be getting rid of Mugabe in Zimbabwe and also they would have intervened in previous genocides in West Africa.

Finally, America and UK 'accidentally' came across Sadam in a hole in the ground! Quite by chance! Not from intelligence. They still have not found Bin Laden despite previous claims of unbeateable satelite tracking technology!

North Korea are a far more volatile and dangerous threat to the world.

Nov. 23 2010 05:40 PM
Sheila from Fort Drum, NY

This freaks me out. My husband is a US Army soldier and has had nothing but problems since he was right in the middle of a lot of live fire and danger in Afghanistan in his last deployment. I PRAY we dont send troops, I PRAY they dont send my husband.. I just dont see many soldiers coming back from something like this.. not with what Ive seen in the past. And I don't know much about North and South Korea other than what Ive learned in history classes and from documentaries, but I can tell you everything I do know scares the living hell out of me.

Nov. 23 2010 04:17 PM


I am just informing you the fact that thousands of South Korean troops had to fight in Vietnam War and Iraq War thanks to USA.

Think before you say.

Nov. 23 2010 03:57 PM

I just think it's Kim wanting to feel like he actually did something worth noting for before he hands the ropes to his son. Almost like leave feeling strong and powerful. Symbolic bombing to put it. Just sad that people had to get injured a few died. :I

Nov. 23 2010 03:46 PM
Katia from Seoul, Korea

I find it terribly disgusting that we are discussing "who's fault" when, thankfully, no Americans were killed--we aren't even involved here, yet, and, that aside, there are people dead and families homeless tonight in Korea. Let's take this for what it is: a terrible event that may have worldwide repercussions, and leave it at that. Luckily, none of you are Commander in Chief nor likely to hold this position; I sleep better at night knowing this.

Nov. 23 2010 03:36 PM

I'm tired of other countries - with no respect for human life - causing trouble amongst themselves, and then having us go in to "help" them out. Let them fight it out for themselves!

Nov. 23 2010 02:52 PM
David Lewenz from Walnut Creek CA

South Korea has had its buttons pushed way too often; the sinking of a naval ship and the loss of 32 seamen, which NK says was not them? This attack on SK is the most blatant attack since the war ended in the 1950’s My guess is King Obama will feel sorry for the great leader and pledge several million tons of Rice, Wheat and Corn as a humanitarian effort along with a check for 40 billion to hold the great leader over for the winter.

SK just announced one more bomb from NC and gloves come off, which will be massive air bombing of the NK DMZ, that should make for one hell of a fireworks show.

Nov. 23 2010 02:39 PM
john smith

the biggest threat here is not NK's nukes. The reason the US or the ROK have not put NK down in the past, is because China has declared they would back NK in a case of another korean war. We need to be absolutely sure that we do not jump the gun and start WW3 over this. Hopefully, China will see what is truly going on and stay in their corner, especially if NK starts bombing US occupied bases

Nov. 23 2010 02:22 PM

Will one of you who are suggesting we put our foot down on N. Korea explain how we do that with a country who expressed a willingness to use their nuclear weapons? Honestly it a nuclear war worth it? As far as conventional war, that would put us in Afg., Iraq, and now Korea? Really people think about what a war means and decide if we want that or can even handle that?

Nov. 23 2010 01:58 PM

So what, blaming bush is the correct response?! how democratically typical. A cease fire is just that, a draw. We lost entirely too many good men in Korea over nothing, for Bush to swat that hornets nest would have been a huge mistake. We did NOT win the Korean War, period. No true American believes we did either. North Korea has nuclear weapons, this is no secret; and with their new heir (Kim Jong Il's youngest son) being groomed, I highly anticipate the 2nd Korean War to breakout. Bush senior failed to get Saddam Hussein, and his son did not. Kim Jong Il failed to conquer South Korea, but what is to happen if the son attempts the same thing? Just food for thought. All I know is, our country is in no position to get involved in another war.

Nov. 23 2010 01:49 PM
james from tennessee

if Bush were in office conservatives would be applauding him for standing up to a tyrant.

the us president is not the problem.

The young heir of No. Korea and Kim Jong il are flexing military muscle. They do this every few years. This time blood has been shed in order to test the resolve of the So. Korean president who is a pro-west, anti- Kim Jong politician.

The Chinese reaction to this will carry more clout than the u.s.'s in the long run.

Nov. 23 2010 01:47 PM

blame obama for what? because he stated something the americans have believed for 50 years now? i think its interesting that north Korea has been a growing threat since bush got into office, but instead of putting his foot down and dealing with kim jong il then, he ignored them and decided to wage a war on iraq instead. this has been a loooooooooong time coming and all the signs of heightened tension has been around for years.

Nov. 23 2010 01:34 PM

i blame obama......

Nov. 23 2010 01:13 PM
Charlie from Iowa

I think it is interesting that on Veterans Day the President of the United States stated in a speech made to the troops in Korea that we had victory in the Korean War and today the North Koreans bomb a South Korean island. That was a major mistake because we did not win the Korean War, we had a cease fire that has lasted 50 years. Nobody has said anything about this!

Nov. 23 2010 12:49 PM

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