The Obama administration is playing a dangerous game of chicken on the Korean peninsula
and it could end in war.
North Korea responded to provocative joint military operations between the US and South Korea off its coast by shelling nearby Yeonpyeong Island which lies in disputed waters. The North’s artillery attack killed four and left many others wounded. US and South Korean officials have vehemently condemned the attack and promised to retaliate to any similar incident in the future.
The media has helped to whip the public into a frenzy by leading the call for revenge. This has played into the hands of South Korea’s right-wing President Lee Myung-bak, who has abandoned the Sunshine Policy for a more confrontational approach with the North. Lee’s hawkish views and public statements have exacerbated the problem and paved the way for escalation.
Propaganda fliers have been spread across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), some of them reaching as far north as Pyongyang. According to the Korea JoongAng Daily an official from the South Korean Ministry of National Defense said “the South is prepared to broadcast propaganda along the DMZ and that the ministry is “weighing the timing.”…Loudspeakers are already installed in 11 areas along the DMZ for further propaganda attacks.” (“Propaganda war escalates; use of loudspeakers mulled”, Korea JoongAng Daily)
Journalist Gregory Elich explains the details surrounding the incident in an article on Global Research: