So how about that North Korean aggression

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So how about that North Korean aggression


EC-​121, sim­i­lar to the one shot down by North Korea. Image cour­tesy of sta​tion​hypo​.com

So how about that North Korean aggres­sion? No, I’m not talk­ing about nuclear tests or sink­ing South Korean ves­sels. Let’s talk about the long his­tory North Korea has of aggression.

On this day in 1969, North Korea sent two fight­ers into inter­na­tional waters and shot down an unarmed recon­nais­sance air­craft. You can make all the argu­ments you want about whether we should have been there or not, but the real­ity is that we sub­scribe to inter­na­tional law and allow unre­stricted oper­a­tions in inter­na­tional waters. This means that when occa­sion­ally other peo­ple do things we don’t like, such as Rus­sia send­ing spy ships off our coast, our first reac­tion isn’t to lob a mis­sile at them.

Later, in 1976, North Korea would mur­der two Army offi­cers with axes who were try­ing to chop down a tree in the Joint Secu­rity Area. Before either of these two inci­dents, North Korea took (and still has) the USNS Pueblo and its crew hostage.

On top of this, North Korea engaged in bru­tal per­se­cu­tion of Catholics in the area. This is not the lame Amer­i­can ver­sion of per­se­cu­tion that we hear echoed in uni­ver­sity halls. It’s straight up mar­tyr­dom for being Catholic, at the end of the bar­rel of a gun.

As we cel­e­brate Easter tomor­row, let’s pause to remem­ber that the war didn’t stop in 1953. Remem­ber that 31 Amer­i­cans gave their lives while mon­i­tor­ing a coun­try so that we could avoid war. Pray for the peo­ple of North Korea, that per­haps one day they’ll know true free­dom and be saved from a sav­agely oppres­sive government.


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and does not rep­re­sent offi­cial views of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, or any other gov­ern­ment agency.

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EC-121, similar to the one shot down by North Korea. Image courtesy of stationhypo.com

So how about that North Korean aggression?  No, I’m not talking about nuclear tests or sinking South Korean vessels.  Let’s talk about the long history North Korea has of aggression.

On this day in 1969, North Korea sent two fighters into international waters and shot down an unarmed reconnaissance aircraft. You can make all the arguments you want about whether we should have been there or not, but the reality is that we subscribe to international law and allow unrestricted operations in international waters.  This means that when occasionally other people do things we don’t like, such as Russia sending spy ships off our coast, our first reaction isn’t to lob a missile at them.

Later, in 1976, North Korea would murder two Army officers with axes who were trying to chop down a tree in the Joint Security Area.  Before either of these two incidents, North Korea took (and still has) the USNS Pueblo and its crew hostage.

On top of this, North Korea engaged in brutal persecution of Catholics in the area.  This is not the lame American version of persecution that we hear echoed in university halls.  It’s straight up martyrdom for being Catholic, at the end of the barrel of a gun.

As we celebrate Easter tomorrow, let’s pause to remember that the war didn’t stop in 1953.  Remember that 31 Americans gave their lives while monitoring a country so that we could avoid war.  Pray for the people of North Korea, that perhaps one day they’ll know true freedom and be saved from a savagely oppressive government.


This post represents the views of the author and does not represent official views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Please check out my blog and donate to Da Tech Guy!