North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has reportedly ordered his military to be on combat alert as tensions rise sharply on the peninsula after the South accused its neighbor of sinking a warship.
The report by the South's Yonhap news agency immediately hit already nervous Seoul financial markets, with the main share index dropping more than three percent.
Yonhap quoted a local group of North Korea watchers as saying their sources there had told them Kim's command had been broadcast by a top military official.
There was no reference to the order on North Korean media seen outside the reclusive state nor any immediate comment from South Korean officials.
In other words, this is the usual unsourced and anonymous claim.
Or course, one could hardly fault North Korea for increased vigilance at this time. One need only see the obvious parallels between the lies that led to war with Iraq, the lies tha6t led to war with Afghanistan, the lies that led to war in Pakistan, the lies that... well, you get the idea, to the lies being spun about North Korea to comprehend that they are the next target for a US government desperate for a new war to distract the public from the gulf oil disaster, the economic disaster, the existing wars which are disasters, etc. etc. etc.
The US Government needs a new war. They have been unable to get any traction for a war on Iran. So how they are trying to sell you a new war with North Korea, or to be more accurate a continuation of the old one.
The Nikkei is down 231 points as of this writing and the trading day in Japan is only half over. When (not if) the American stock market crashes the American people will turn their rage against the government that gave tax credits to corporations to shift jobs to other nations, then repealed Glass-Steagal that turned Wall Street into as giant open-air casino, then enacted bailouts (now made permanent) that looted the American people of trillions of dollars to save Wall Street form their gambling losses.
The US Government has a long history of using major wars to get out of economic messes they make. The US Government got out of the crash of 1907 by getting into WWI. The US Government got out of the crash of 1929 by getting into WWII. And here we are in the crash of 2007 and look how hard the US Government is trying to start wars everywhere on Earth, with our young people in uniform already in combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and soon to be Iran and North Korea.
The US Government hopes and prays that the American people will be as stupid as they were in 1917 and 1941 and will stand to attention and salute the flag, throw their money and their children into the fires of war, and forget all about the corruption, the stolen elections, the gulf oil disaster, the mine disaster, the flooding, the potholed roads, the collapsing bridges, the ruined schools,n the ruined economy, the loss of manufacturing, the decline in America's standard of living, the closed hospitals, the out-of-control wildfires, and the wars we are already unable to win.
So, the only question is, are you really that stupid?