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Old 03-26-2010, 11:09 AM   #1
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Exclamation SKorean Ship Torpedoed?!

South Korean ship fires at unidentified vessel

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE62P2YQ20100326
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:10 AM   #2
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MANY SOUTH KOREAN SAILORS FEARED DEAD ON STRICKEN SHIP...

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Old 03-26-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
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CNN's reporting roughly 104 on board and a 1500 ton displacement... Corvette size or so.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:21 AM   #4
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I wonder what would happen if a soverign nation sunk a ship (with great loss of life) of a neighbor.... like South Korea? Sniff, Sniff, Smells like war to me! Start fueling the Nukes - time to start building parking lots!



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Old 03-26-2010, 11:36 AM   #5
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S. Korea ship sinks with 104 aboard near N. Korea; torpedo suspected

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/interna...ZX1oS gsKdwM?
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:43 AM   #6
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We had more nuclear sabre rattling by the North again yesterday IIRC.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...r_N.htm?csp=34
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Reports that S Korea has returned fire towards an unknown ship to the north.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...602048_pf.html
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:55 AM   #8
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Fartlett Minor just completed and presented a semester-long project on the Korean War last week and spent a good deal of time talking about present relations, etc....

At least there will be a handful of middle schoolers who will appreciate this news item.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:40 PM   #9
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I'm reading at Drudge that the ship sank within 4 hours. At this point, 58 of the 104 crew have been rescued.
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:03 AM   #10
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Here is the ship that was sank:



It was the Cheonan, a Pohang-class corvette, hull number 772. The ship displaces 1,350 tons. This was the anti-surface warfare variant. It was armed with one 76mm rapid-fiire gun, two single-barrel 30mm anti-aircraft gun mounts, and two MM-38 Exocet anti-ship cruise missiles. There are also anti-submarine warfare variants in this class of ship with different armament. This is an older class of corvette that was first commissioned in 1964. Top speed is 32 knots.

The Chenonan was struck in the rear, possibly by a wake-homing torpedo. There are still 46 crew members missing.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/46-missi...0327-r3qj.html
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:46 AM   #11
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This too I also blame on Harry Truman, The first American President to not use nuclear weapons.

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Nothing on Australian news about it.
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unreported here as well
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They are sof peddling the sh** out of it.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english201...c_13227086.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english201...c_13227139.htm

http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_V...Ne2&category=2
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A flock of birds? Are you F-ing kidding me? Let the spin begin.
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A flock of birds? Are you F-ing kidding me? Let the spin begin.

Even with Kim being a douche bag there are some reasons ROK and the US would want to soft pedal.

Kim is on his last legs. His oldest is "weak" so he has to go down the chain to #2 IIRC. #2 was western educated and probably was a more conciliatory stance toward the west. (Even if he is more libertine than his father.)

There are a LOT of hardline DPRK generals who want to go back to the old days. Maybe one of them authorized this action as a show of strength.

The west are probably doing what they can to keep the transition going to his son and not the hardline Generals.
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:55 PM   #17
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Potemkin is very close to the truth. Sensible leaders don't want to let a rogue general take their focus off the bigger picture. The suppressed news is a good sign that the world is pretty much of one mind on whatever is happening.

The combined news suppression attempt is also disturbing.
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http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/as...inking/?hpt=T2

They have pretty much given up hope of finding more survivors.
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The USA may not want it front page because ...
- Gold may rise ( a lot of money has been spent keeping the price down )
- The stock market may fall ( lot of money spent keeping it up )

If NK did it then there will be more such incidents .
They are in big trouble with failed currency changes and food shortages
with much worse food shortages in the near future .
NK needs distractions and enemies to bond the people to the Government .
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Mmmm....Ross are you saying to buy "Gold" and dump "Stocks
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Malcolm .. in your case I suggest buying beer and condoms .
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle7080658.ece

Now they are saying "maybe it was a Korean War-era mine", or "maybe their was an accident with the ship's own missiles/mines/torpedoes". The latter is an interesting claim, since according to various military websites I have read, the Cheonan was the anti-surface warfare variant which does not carry mines or torpedoes.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...hang-specs.htm

http://www.deagel.com/Corvettes-and-...001820001.aspx
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8600959.stm

After examining the wreck, they are saying a torpedo attack as the cause of the sinking is "likely".
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Thanks for the updates O6.
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