South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (C, seated at table) presides over a national security-related ministerial meeting after receiving news of a sinking naval ship at the presidential Blue House in Seoul March 26, 2010. Several South Korean sailors were killed and one of its naval ships with more than 100 aboard was sinking on Friday after possibly being hit by a North Korean torpedo, South Korean media reported.
This is an act of war, no doubt. With Obama at the helm, expect hell to break loose. It reeks of the NORKS. North Korea never would have pulled something like this under Bush. Never. They know Obama will do nothing and South Korea is on her own. Hussein ain't Truman.
In case you haven't seen it elsewhere, what could be the most important story in a long, long time:
An official with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said early Saturday that the ship sank some four hours after it began taking on water. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with department policy.
The official said at least 58 of the 104 crew members have been rescued. There was no immediate confirmation of casualties. A rescue operation was still under way. ...
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported an explosion in the rear of the 1,200-ton ship and said the military had not ruled out the possibility of an attack by North Korea. However, the military official said the exact cause was not immediately clear and said he could not confirm the Yonhap report.
UPDATE: South Korean reader Femme reports:
I am in South Korea right now and this does not look good at all. I have lived in this country for 5 years non-stop, and I can definitely tell you that things have gotten worse with regards to North Korea since Obama was elected.
We only had one nuclear bomb tested (which then let the world know they had nuclear weapons) back in October of 2006. No missile testing, no real threats. Everything was so amazing when Bush was in office. Then, when it looked like Obama was going to win, the North started to get provocative. There have been dozens of missile tests and launches in the past 16 months. The firing of cannons between the South Korean navy and the North Korean one, back in November, happened 30 minutes out to sea from Daecheon Beach, which is part of Boryeong City, 90 minutes from the city I was in called Nonsan. I was only 2 hours away from the exchange of cannon fire.
I remember having to tell my students at the all-boys middle school (American grades 8-10) what had happened and their duty to help the military families in the area. Nonsan is also near the KATC (Korean Army Traning Center) of Yeonmu Dae (a 10 minute drive by taxi).