Skip to comments.South Korean ship sunk by crack squad of 'human torpedoes'
Posted on 04/22/2010 6:15:55 AM PDT by myknowledge
The attack on the 1,220-ton Cheonan, which sank on March 26 with the loss of 46 of its 104 crew, was carried out in retaliation for a skirmish between warships of the two nations' navies in November of last year, South Korea claims.
The South Korean government has refused to comment officially on the reports but Defence Minister Kim Tae Young told a parliamentary session that the military believed that the sinking was a deliberate act by North Korea.
Officials in military intelligence say they warned the government earlier this year that North Korea was preparing a suicide-squad submarine attack on a South Korean ship.
"Military intelligence made the report to the Blue House [the presidential office] and to the Defence Ministry immediately after the sinking of the Cheonan that it was clearly the work of North Korea's military," a military source said.
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The bow of the sunken South Korean navy ship
One thing we forgot to consider: Norks using suicide frogmen to sink the ROKS Cheonan.
I bet the White Hut is telling SK to stifle.
Asia Times, November 2001 but STILL VALID:
"It is pertinent, therefore, to look at infiltration on the Korean peninsula, starting - but not ending - with the better-known and indubitably larger-scale efforts of the North against the South. Terrorism can take many forms. One of North Korea's hostile habits over the years has been to infiltrate its agents into South Korea. In 1968 a 31-man KPA commando unit, sent to assassinate the then South Korean president Park Chung-hee, got within a mile of the Blue House before even being challenged and gunned down. That didn't stop the North sending in a further 120 agents later that year, to the same fate. Nor is this old history. Remember those submarines? One night in 1996, an alert taxi driver - where were the coastguard? - saw something suspicious bobbing off a southern beach, like a giant dolphin. It turned out to be a 30 meter long Shark class KPA mini-submarine. A huge manhunt soon found 11 bodies, all shot in the head - presumably by their consent, to avoid capture: their colonel's pistol was still in its holster. Another 11 infiltrators were killed over the next fortnight, and two more seven weeks later, having nearly made it back to the DMZ overland. One agent was caught, and revealed all. Another may have got away. Kim Young-sam, the ROK's then president, went ballistic. His US allies feared some southern military retaliation, or jeopardy to the still new nuclear Agreed Framework and incipient engagement process. It took three months of pressure from Washington before Pyongyang, which had initially claimed engine trouble caused the sub to drift south - pull the other one, comrades - eventually stated its "deep regret" (the word apology never passes Northern lips), and pledged that "such an incident will not recur". Oh yeah? Fast forward two years to 1998. Another president, another submarine. This time caught in a southern fishing boat's nets. All nine on board were dead, in another group suicide. Weeks later, the body of a heavily armed KPA frogman washed up on another east coast beach. Later that year the ROK navy chased and sank a DPRK submersible assumed to be landing agents. But unlike Kim Young-sam, Kim Dae-jung took a calm view of all these incidents - and persevered with his patient "Sunshine" policy."
Yes, they are telling them not to ramp it up too much. President Lee is liable to succumb to the “Soft Powerites” pressure from D.C.
Charming folks, just the type who will respond to Obama’s blandishments.
Are they really on “Crack” :)
I am actually listening to them as we Freep. They come in loud and clear here in North Tokyo...on AM radio. Usual DPRK propaganda crap (harrangues and martial music), nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe tomorrow Pyongyang Radio will ramp up the vitriol. Particularly if they get a “stern warning letter” and put on double secret probation.
Same psychology of doping the Japanese kamikaze pre-flight or in-flight. But their minds have already been fried from birth with Kimilsungism and Juche, and particularly if they have been chosen for such sensitive infiltration and attack jobs on the South in the South's territory. For training purposes, they use real, live, political dissidents in the DPRK in special camps. Shooting them, bayonetting them, men women and children alike, to toughen them. If any such DPRK special elite army or navy commando so much as barfs or shows remorse over such hideous acts upon their fellow North Koreans, many whom are innocent, he or she is OUT of the program, and I mean "out" in more ways than one.
N. Korea is state version of al Qaeda. A master of terrorism before Muslim Jihadi came along. Their whole warfare is structured to be large effective terrorist force, also equipped with biochem weapons, nukes, and array of ballistic missiles.
Gone are large conventional Soviet-style NK military which had its heyday back in 70's or early 80's, which collapsing NK economy can no longer support and outmatched by growing S. Korean conventional military. They still maintain large military but much of them are no longer effective fighting force.
Oh I think it will be far more serious than that. I expect Obama to fart in their general direction anytime soon.
That is why The DPRK have also been in contact with Middle Eastern terrorists in learning IED technologies from them, if push comes to shove and they are overrun by the ROK and US in a joint offensive effort on the ground after massive bombing (and if also joined by Japan and others in such an occupation); they are hardened for a long, drawn out nasty guerilla warfare with tactics they saw working in Iraq and Afghanistan by jehadi.
I wonder how long it will take North Koreans to realize how they’ve been physically, mentally, and spiritually swindled by communism once they “walk out of the cave.” It’s so very, very sad. They should hang Kim Jong Il from that nasty looking pyramid in Pyongyang.
My high school students are reading Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” and the books society somewhat mimics NK.
We would need another Paetraus approach to get things under control.
When push comes to shove, first real estate to secure should include Hamkyung Province. That is where people can be most cooperative. It also has some important military targets related to nuke and missile program. That could be our Kurdistan.
By the way, who is this stunning ROK actress playing across Lee Byung Hun in “Iris”? NICE eye candy! /sorry for the light moment; it is needed.... they have just started to air this in Japan
I PRAY WE LIVE TO SEE THE DAY!
Yep. She handles a weapon very well in that movie.
DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "OFFICIAL DETAILS RESULTS OF MISSILE REVIEW" (SNIPPET: "Ballistic missiles are an increasing threat to the United States, and the Defense Department must keep up with them, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said today. James N. Miller, speaking about the departments Nuclear Posture Review before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said several nations are developing nuclear, chemical or biological warheads for their missiles. The threat to the U.S. homeland is most acute from states such as North Korea and Iran, Miller said.") (April 20, 2010) (Read More...)