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Last March, North Korea was falsely blamed for sinking a South Korean ship, a topic addressed earlier.

Seoul said there’s “no other plausible explanation…. The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that (a) torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine,” even though none was detected in the area.

At the time, evidence suggested a false flag, manufactured to blame the North. The incident occurred near Baengnyeong Island opposite North Korea. US Navy Seals and four US ships were conducting joint exercises in the area. The torpedo used was German, not North Korean as claimed. Germany sells none to Pyongyang. Yet it was blamed for what it didn’t do, what apparently was Pentagon-manufactured mischief.

What now? According to US media reports, North Korea incited the gravest incident since the Korean War armistice. For example, on November 23, New York Times writer Mark McDonald headlined, “Crisis Status in South Korea After North Shells Island,” saying:

“The South Korean military went to “crisis status” on Tuesday (11/23) and threatened military strikes after the North fired dozens of shells at a South Korean island, killing two of the South’s soldiers and setting off an exchange of fire in one the most serious clashes between the two sides in decades.”

America, Britain and Japan condemned the attack, the White House calling on North Korea to “halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement.”

“Analysts,” said McDonald, “were quick to see the shelling as a deliberate North Korean provocation,” even though South Korean forces fired first, AP reporting:

“The skirmish began when Pyongyang warned the South to halt military drills in the area, according to South Korean officials. When Seoul refused and began firing artillery into disputed waters, albeit away from the North Korean shore, the North retaliated by bombarding the small island of Yeonpyeong, which houses South Korean military installations.”

A Pyongyang supreme military command statement read:

“The South Korean enemy, despite our repeated warnings, committed reckless military provocations of firing artillery shells into our maritime territory.”

A November 24 McDonald article headlined, “Nerves Are Rattled in Seoul by Attack on Island,” discussing the incident solely from a South Korean/Washington perspective, much like other Western media reports.

The BBC, for example, quoted a Seoul analyst, calling Pyongyang’s action “an act of war.” Other accounts were also inflammatory, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, condemning the “unprovoked act.” Other comments were similar, citing various reasons for the incident (like internal North Korean tensions during a transition of leadership period), except for what, in fact, may be true, though at this point not everything is known.

However, the exchange occurred while South Korean forces were conducting “Hoguk” military exercises scheduled to end on November 30, including simulated landings. Pyongyang called them a rehearsal for invasion.

Now the aftermath, a David Sanger, Mark McDonald Times article headlined, “South Koreans and US to Stage a Joint Exercise,” saying:

Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak “agreed Tuesday night to hold joint military exercises as a first response to North Korea’s deadly shelling (as) both countries struggled for the second time this year to keep a North Korean provocation from escalating into war.”

America’s USS George Washington, a nuclear armed aircraft carrier, and accompanying ships will participate, clear saber-rattling over diplomacy that all US administrations, to one degree or another, have emphasized in US-North Korean relations for decades. That despite Pyongyang wanting rapprochement with the West, only to have Washington rebuff them, choosing confrontation over stability and risking war, potentially with nuclear weapons.

On Russia Today, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen called South Korean President Lee Myung-bak “very warlike,” in contrast to his predecessor, Kim Dae Jung’s “Sunshine Policy” to establish greater North-South political contact and better relations. South Korea’s current president “is very aggressive, very right-wing, very unpopular at home, and the only thing he has going for him is to get into a military showdown with the North.” In other words, incite fear and conflict for political advantage, the same Washington policy Bush, Obama, and past US presidents adopted to justify imperial adventurism.

What next? So far, Pentagon officials said no additional forces are planned for the region, and America’s 29,000 in South Korea haven’t been placed on high alert. For now, Washington ruled out resumed six-party talks, including both Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and America. China and Russia, however, disagree, saying the incident shows the importance of restarting them now.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hong Lei, said it’s “imperative… to restart six-party talks as soon as possible. We hope the relevant parties do more to contribute to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” adding that Beijing needs to clarify events leading up to the clash. “The situation needs to be verified,” he said.

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed “a colossal danger which must be avoided. Tensions in the region are growing.” A cool response is needed. North Korea has no reason to want conflict. Washington and South Korea may have other ideas.

Stephen Lendman wrote How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Contact him at: lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen.

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  1. bozh said on November 25th, 2010 at 11:25am #

    either way, as i see it, korea attacked korea and in decent world, people wld investigate cause for it and which koreans fired first, the supremacists or nonsupremacists!
    as u may have noted, i don’t usually split germany, korea, vietnam, u.s, china in two.
    but living in a world ‘governed’ by mafia, we can expect mafia to behave as it always did and everywhere they have ruled to date.
    but the damn pie is still to large for people to object to mafia protection. it is too, much too large, even for polar bears let alone elephants, tigers, and such insignificantos.
    also spricht bozhidarevski! no, not nietzche, hobbes, russel, dostoyevski, ghandi, jesus, yahweh, MLK, bush, mohammed, kant, thoreau, lincoln, pope benedict, goetthe, herzl, netanyahu, pinochet, ataturk, genghis, tamerlane, caligula. tnx

  2. Don Hawkins said on November 25th, 2010 at 12:12pm #

    In dispatching the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday, the Obama administration said it was putting on a show of US support for South Korea. South Korea was attacked on Tuesday by a North Korean artillery barrage, and President Obama said he wanted to stand
    “shoulder to shoulder” with an American ally.

    “The history of Chinese intervention is that the only time they really intervened to constrain the North Koreans was when they were worried about the prospect of military intervention from our side,” said Susan Shirk, a former State Department official.
    Whether anyone in Beijing will listen is unclear. In two official statements this week, China has given no hint that it will change its policy of almost complete support for Kim Jong Il’s government.
    “North Korea is our East Germany,” said one senior Chinese official in Beijing over the summer. “Do you remember what happened when East Germany collapsed? The Soviet Union fell.” John Pomfret, The Washington Post, Hindustan Times

    Whether anyone in Beijing will listen is unclear,
    Whether anyone in Beijing will listen is unclear.

    Am listening and that laughter off in the distance seems to be getting louder. Kim Il, China, US nice cup of coffee game of checkers, who would like to move first red or black ok we will flip for it. Anybody know how to drive and tractor?

  3. Don Hawkins said on November 25th, 2010 at 12:15pm #

    On the driving the tractor part not for one minute so someone can take your picture but all day and for month’s it’s very peaceful out there and you sleep better at night.

  4. hayate said on November 25th, 2010 at 12:56pm #

    A classic provocation of NK by the israeloamericans using their SK puppets. And not a moment too soon, relations between the two Koreas had been steadily improving. Cant have that, can we.

  5. catguy00 said on November 25th, 2010 at 10:01pm #

    If the sinking of the Cheonan was a “false flag” operation then why was nothing done after? False flag operations are supposed to be a precursor to war or a military strike. South Korea did nothing for 6 months. Just like nothing will be done after the bombing of Yeonpyeong. Except maybe more food aid for the North.

    “A classic provocation of NK by the israeloamericans using their SK puppets”

    Yawn. SK military is independent. US military has no control over SK government.

  6. 3bancan said on November 25th, 2010 at 10:50pm #

    catguy00 said on November 25th, 2010 at 10:01pm #

    “SK military is independent. US military has no control over SK government.”

    Imho this assertion deserves the Nobel Mendacity Prize. What hutzpah!!!…

  7. hayate said on November 26th, 2010 at 11:54am #

    catguy00 said on November 25th, 2010 at 10:01pm

    “If the sinking of the Cheonan was a “false flag” operation then why was nothing done after? False flag operations are supposed to be a precursor to war or a military strike.”

    They are? I didn’t know that. So who did your guys go to war on after the underwear bomber false flag?

  8. hayate said on November 26th, 2010 at 12:30pm #

    Investigating the Sinking of the Cheonan: Beneath the Surface
    by grtv

    A documentary about unknown story behind the mysterious sinking of the warship.

    On March 26, 2010, the South Korean Navy’s patrol combat corvette Cheonan sank, and with it took the lives of 46 of the 104 sailors aboard.

    Journalists have worked to uncover the facts behind what happened, and this documentary is a gathering of our investigation findings to date.

    Our findings uncovered significant flaws in the Civilian-Military Joint Investigation Group’s report, and suggest that the next necessary step is a reinvestigation.

    [http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2010/11/investigating-sinking-cheonan-beneath-surface]

    The Russians sent a team to investigate and found the ship sank by grounding, in a different area than reported to media, and not from NK attack. Very informative video about the many problems with the israeloamerican/SK coveup and attempt to blame NK.

    (I recently posted this video after another article, I thought here, but I can no longer find the post.)

  9. hayate said on November 26th, 2010 at 12:54pm #

    These are some older articles about the Cheonan sinking worth reviewing:

    Who Sank the South Korean Warship Cheonan? A New Stage in the US-Korean War and US-China Relations The original Japanese text is available here

    Tanaka Sakai

    Translated by Kyoko Selden

    [http://japanfocus.org/-Tanaka-Sakai/3361]

    The Sinking of the Cheonan: We Are Being Lied To

    by Scott Creighton

    [http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/the-sinking-of-the-cheonan-we-are-being-lied-to]

    Beijing suspects false flag attack on South Korean corvette By Wayne Madsen May 28, 2010, 00:18

    [http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_5930.shtml]

    Did an American Mine Sink South Korean Ship?

    New America Media, News Analysis, Yoichi Shimatsu, Posted: May 27, 2010

    [http://newamericamedia.org/2010/05/did-an-american-mine-sink-the-south-korean-ship.php]

    A lot of the speculation was due to the inconsistencies in where the ship sank and the obvious attempt to fit up the North. The info that Cheonan sank in a place different from the official story was not know to the authors of the articles above. But if you take the info scattered throughout these articles, and compare it to the info in the GRTV video in my previous post, you can see they all fit together. Those initial u.s. dives at bouy 3 match the area where Japanese soldiers say they saw the ship go down. The israeloamericans decided to fit up NK after the ship accidentally grounded and sank, so they started doctoring evidence and issuing false statements to the media.

    Later, the Russians did their own investigation, and found the ship grounded. I think the israeloamericans quieted down about the incident fairly quickly due to this Russian report. The Russians didn’t publish it, but must have shown it to the israeloamericans, telling them they would not publish the report if tensions were allowed to die down. The israeloamericans got the hint and backed off. No doubt China also had their own role in getting the israeloamericans to back off this after the fact falseflag scam of theirs.

  10. hayate said on November 26th, 2010 at 1:03pm #

    Related articles to the current israeloamerican scam to increase tensions in the Far East:

    US Exploits Korean Clash to Step Up Pressure on China

    by John Chan

    [http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22099]

    War hysteria could lead to full-scale conflict on Korean peninsula

    [http://rt.com/news/korea-conflict-attack-nuclear-escalation]

    Skirmish between North and South Korea: South Korea Fired the First Shot

    [http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22066]

  11. hayate said on November 26th, 2010 at 9:15pm #

    A short summary of how the zionist nyt misrepresented the facts:

    26 November 2010

    North Korea attacks South Korea…or is it the other way around?

    If you read Mark McDonald’s article in The New York Times, “‘Crisis Status’ in South Korea After North Shells Island”, the answer depends on whether you paid attention to the headline, the expert commentary, and the tone of the article, or whether you paid attention to the facts.

    If you paid attention to the former then North Korea attacked South Korea.

    If you paid attention to the latter, the opposite is true.

    Here are the facts McDonald reported.

    - 70,000 South Korean troops were beginning a military drill…sharply criticized by Pyongyang as “simulating an invasion of the North” and “a means to provoke a war.”

    - ROK artillery units fired toward the DPRK from a battery close to the North Korean coast. The South acknowledges firing the shots.

    - The DPRK replied.

    Shouldn’t the headline read: ‘Crisis Status’ in North Korea after South Korea Mobilizes 70,000 Troops and Shells the North’?

    [http://www.voltairenet.org/article167599.html]

  12. hayate said on November 26th, 2010 at 9:34pm #

    A decent analysis of NK from Michael Parenti back in 2009 which is just as pertinent today:

    North Korea: “Sanity” at the Brink

    [http://www.michaelparenti.org/NorthKorea.html]

  13. catguy00 said on November 26th, 2010 at 9:52pm #

    ” ROK artillery units fired toward the DPRK from a battery close to the North Korean coast. The South acknowledges firing the shots.”

    The South did not acknowledge “firing towards the DPRK”. They said to have fired to the west of the island into the Yellow Sea as has been done before in similar military exercsies.

  14. hayate said on November 26th, 2010 at 9:59pm #

    catguy00 said on November 26th, 2010 at 9:52pm

    And nixon claimed his innocence, too.

    :D

  15. catguy00 said on November 26th, 2010 at 11:43pm #

    True. I was just responding to what South Korea has actually admitted too. If you want to believe the North’s side of events that is fine. I believe the South because they have everything to lose in a war. The Norks have next to nothing.

  16. mary said on November 27th, 2010 at 1:52am #

    Three million people were killed in the Korean War 1950-1953.

    This rather nuanced BBC potted history underplays the horror.
    ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/coldwar/korea_hickey_01.shtml n)

  17. PatrickSMcNally said on November 27th, 2010 at 7:31am #

    catguy00 said on November 25th, 2010 at 10:01pm: “If the sinking of the Cheonan was a “false flag” operation then why was nothing done after?”

    I don’t actually know if it was a “false flag op” or not, but it is at least to form one plausible answer to your query. If this was an ffo of some kind, it most likely was not done with the willful cooperation of Obama. More likely the motive for an ffo would be to create some new troubles for Obama where he would be compelled to give a show of strength, and possibly become vulnerable to conservative opponents if he failed to measure up. I’m not saying that I have definite evidence for that scenario. But it would be one which could account for the absence of a subsequent invasion of North Korea.

  18. hayate said on November 27th, 2010 at 12:23pm #

    catguy00 said on November 26th, 2010 at 11:43pm #

    “The Norks have next to nothing.”

    What is a “Nork”?

  19. hayate said on November 27th, 2010 at 12:36pm #

    PatrickSMcNally said on November 27th, 2010 at 7:31am

    The falseflag had nothing to do with embarrassing obama and all to do with increasing tensions on the peninsula and manipulating both the Japanese and S. Korea elections. The current israeloamerican provocation is to increase tensions, they had quieted down considerably, much like the israelis do against the Palestinians. Nothing new about israeloamerican criminality there.

    “But it would be one which could account for the absence of a subsequent invasion of North Korea.”

    There was no invasion of NK because the israeloamericans have neither the manpower, nor the balls to invade a defended country. The americans got their arses kicked the first time around.

  20. bozh said on November 27th, 2010 at 1:10pm #

    china also did not want korea to fall in supremacist hands; thus, confronted militarily u.s/nato.
    truman cld have beaten koreans and chinese with a few nukes, but lost his nerve!
    do not know what the ruling class in nato lands and u.s feared? u can bet ur head that that they wanted to do that, but maybe russians vetoed the desire by a threat to retaliate!
    as always before! supremacists desist from an action that may provoke or actually cause a meaningful response.

    u.s and christo-talmudic soyuz withdrew from s.e. asia facing similar dangers.
    keep on the butchery all u want, u cannot win and u cannot use nukes or even poison gasses for u’d poison own soldiers and saigon’s! tnx

  21. PatrickSMcNally said on November 27th, 2010 at 3:45pm #

    > The current israeloamerican provocation is to increase tensions

    Except that Obama is not part of any “israeloamerican provocation” and neither is Brzezinski or any of the major people who have laid out Obama’s path. Obama has sought to pull back slowly away from supporting Israel, while periodically attempting to appease the Lobby so as to contain any fallout. That would, however, constitute a logical motive for JINSA/PNAC to get together with Seoul and arrange some incidents, whether or not they resulted in an actual intervention in Korea.

  22. Don Hawkins said on November 27th, 2010 at 3:59pm #

    A media person walks at houses destroyed by North Korean shelling on the Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. North Korea warned Friday that planned U.S.-South Korean military drills are pushing the peninsula to the brink of war. (AP/Lee Jin-man)

    The North Korean regime attacked South Korea killing 2 Korean Marines and 2 civilians.
    Thank goodness Jimmy Carter was there to defend them.
    Via Verum Serumand The Washington Post:

    No one can completely understand the motivations of the North Koreans, but it is entirely possible that their recent revelation of their uranium enrichment centrifuges and Pyongyang’s shelling of a South Korean island Tuesday are designed to remind the world that they deserve respect in negotiations that will shape their future. Fox Nation

    Here’s just one comment from that site posted on Fox Nation.

    Why does this man keep talking???? He’s been bass ackward on every single thing he’s ever tried to do. Please, please, please GO AWAY!

    That comment Please, please, please GO AWAY! Careful what you wish for.

  23. 3bancan said on November 27th, 2010 at 8:37pm #

    PatrickSMcNally said on November 27th, 2010 at 7:31am #
    PatrickSMcNally said on November 27th, 2010 at 3:45pm #

    I must admit that PatrickSMcNally is extraordinarily consistent in his way of “reading” and hasbarizing history…

  24. hayate said on November 27th, 2010 at 9:10pm #

    PatrickSMcNally said on November 27th, 2010 at 3:45pm

    I use the term israeloamerica to represent a union of the interests of ziofascists and regular fascists whose base of operations are israel and the usa. Most of the time, their interests coincide. Creating tensions on the Korean peninsula is one of those times. The “great game” against Central Asia is another. In fact, these are part of the same strategy. Think of them as the west (C Asian) and east (far east) theaters of operations. It is naive or dishonest to think obama has done anything substantive to reduce ziofascist control of the usa. He is quite literally a “telavivian candidate” and one of the weakest u.s. prezes with regard to opposition ziofascist interests.

  25. Angie Tibbs said on November 28th, 2010 at 12:00am #

    Patrick, you write “Obama has sought to pull back slowly away from supporting Israel, while periodically attempting to appease the Lobby so as to contain any fallout”.

    How does this statement fit in with his recent monster bribe to Israel, so much for so little? Is this one of those periodic attempts to appease the Lobby, do you think?

  26. Don Hawkins said on November 28th, 2010 at 6:04am #

    Diplomatic efforts are underway in Asia to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula. But South Korea is rejecting China’s call to quickly convene multi-national talks to discuss North Korea. This comes as the United States and South Korea begin four days of naval drills seen as a show of strength to dissuade Pyongyang after last Tuesday’s attack on Yeonpyeong island.

    South Korean media reports say North Korean forces have put surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads in the Yellow Sea and moved surface-to-air missiles to front-line areas.

    President Lee Myung-bak on Monday morning is to make a national address. He has not spoken in public or to reporters since last Tuesday’s attack. VOA

    There it is again a national address that will be beamed out into space and in a 100 light years not so much a national address but a planet third one from the Sun outer arm Milky Way Galaxy now there’s an address.

  27. Don Hawkins said on November 28th, 2010 at 8:29am #

    Just think if another World out there receives our broadcast messages and who know’s maybe at about the same age as us just might say to themselves you know maybe we need to rethink what we are doing look what happened to them. Then again they just might have a Murdoch, McConnell or two also.

  28. Don Hawkins said on November 28th, 2010 at 8:35am #

    Probably shouldn’t pick on Rupert Murdoch as the rest of the media in the States is a very close second or almost the same when it comes to stuck on stupid.

  29. bozh said on November 28th, 2010 at 9:16am #

    calling the ‘bribe’ “bailout” wld explain israel or the deals u.s makes with what i deem a basket case, aka israel.
    the wretch of a land, hasn’t got even one hardrock mine and thus no nickel, ir0n, copper, titanium, molibdenum, uranium, etc.
    besides, where are americans is america. end of mystory!
    does one think that judeans, or tribes of judah and benjamin, had been dispersed of have dispersed?
    and haven’t canaanites, a shemitic people, started to leave the area for greener pastures 5k yrs ago? and over millennium or two almost completely shemitized sumerians, akkadians, chaldeans, and assyrians.
    and haven’t benjaminim been marrying so many jebusitic women of j’lem, that they may have entirely melted with jebusites and other canaanitic people?
    anyway, even ‘judeans’ stopped to regard them hebraic.
    and now neojews killing them or stealing their j’lem from them? tnx

  30. bozh said on November 28th, 2010 at 9:24am #

    look, folks, parts of afgh’n, iraq, are also now american soil. just like porto rico or zuni land.
    in fact, u.s may withdraw from porto rico sooner than from iraq or afhg’n?
    so stop wishing! do smthing!
    and stop wishing ‘jews’ cease with robbery of low classes! do smthing! tnx